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!