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One of the unique aspects of working for Wheaton’s Permanent Collection is the wide variety of tasks Collection Assistants undertake. Since 2011, students with an interest in conservation have worked on a variety of conservation tasks from cleaning to repairing and stabilizing objects.

Some of the projects student conservators have completed include:

  • Conserving two Italian Blackamoor figures for the student-curated 100 Years, 100 Objects exhibition (see above). This project was featured in the Wheaton Quarterly.
  • Cleaning and repairing Ancient Greek and Roman glass vessels. These were first cleaned with acetone to remove old adhesive, then broken pieces were repaired and re-attached using Hxtal, a two-part conservation grade apoxy.
  • Cleaning and waxing Guy Dill’s Key Angel, donated to the college by Lucky Dallo Eisner ‘53 and her husband, Trustee Emeritus Edgar Eisner, and Paul von Ringelheim’s Directionals #4, a gift of Paul M. and Ellen Berney Hirschland ‘40 and the artist.  Learn more about the process here ».
  • Cleaning and removing mold from a donation of African Masks and a gift of Ghanaian carving tools.
  • An ongoing project is focused on cleaning several large scale plaster sculptures displayed in Mary Lyon Hall and Watson Fine Arts (see below). This work involves a great deal of patience and literally thousands of Qtips!
Violet Knoll ('16) and Jack Brotherton ('17) working on "Athena," a plaster case in the Slide Library in the Watson Fine Arts Building
Violet Knoll (’16) and Jack Brotherton (’17) working on “Athena,” a plaster cast displayed in the Slide Library in Watson Fine Arts.

 

 

Photos by Sheila Donahue.
Josophine Johnson (’13), Lindsay Koso (’17) & Sarah Hilton (’16) clean Guy Dill’s “Key Angel” given by Lucky Dallo Eisner ‘53 and her husband, Trustee Emeritus Edgar Eisner.
Photos by Sheila Donahue.
Sarah Hilton ('16) and Jack Brotherton ('17) clean the plaster"Venus di Milo" in Mary Lyon Hall
Sarah Hilton (’16) and Jack Brotherton (’17) clean the plaster “Venus de Milo” in Mary Lyon Hall.
One of the African Masks cleaned by student conservators. African mask, unidentified culture/country. Gift of Roger G. Wilson in memory of his wife, Ambassador Giovinella Gonthier, Class of 1972.
One of the African Masks cleaned by student conservators. Donated by Roger G. Wilson in memory of his wife, Ambassador Giovinella Gonthier, Class of 1972.