Spring 2014

Art and Art History Event Calendar


Life Model Sessions

Every Tuesday Starting February 4

8:30-10:00 PM, Montgomery Hall

Visiting Artist Talk: Kathleen Hall

February 26th, 4:45 PM, Library 321

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Sachs 


Sarah received her BA in Studio Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2006. In 2008, she received her Masters of Art in Digital Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2009 she received her Masters of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging, also from Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her fine art work, Sarah explores the dichotomy between human and digital memory, how the two influence one another, and how they are affected by natural and technological elements of decay. She hopes to create a dialogue about the relationships between personal memory, society’s collective memory, and collective cultural identity. 

Sarah Sachs Photography


Hanna Wood, Art History SMP, 2001                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Brown

Issues in Painting Conservation

damaged painting

Abstract: Initially, coming into this project, I thought that painting conservation efforts required a lot of deliberation per preservation of a piece. I soon found that painting conservation instead entails a complex process which remains largely misunderstood by most people. Conservation demands much more than just inpainting and re-varnishing to make a painting look better. Many steps are necessary in order to ensure that paintings are preserved. The treatment process calls for a collaboration of conservators, curators, and conservation interns to establish what techniques conservators should use in their restoration work. Culture, regional influence, and time period can influence conservators' and critics' attitudes towards conservation. And, these factors play into how the conservators pick the restoration techniques they do.

I researched this and many other aspects of conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. for this project. I learned through observing the conservators at work and through talking to them about their projects about painting conservation. I created a website to pinpoint some issues in painting conservation which necessitate discussion.
In the website, I outline the treatment process of a work. Through five main steps, the conservator assesses how s/he will approach the restoration process. In the first step, the documentation step, a conservator documents the painting for archival purposes. The second step is the examination stage in which the conservator documents the painting for archival purposes. Thirdly, the conservators and curators gather to collaborate on finalizing their action plans for each treatment. Next, there is the preventative conservation and stabilization step which is for works that do not require full treatments. Lastly, comes the restoration step in which the varnishing and other such efforts take place. Hopefully, through viewing this website, people will gain some insight into the basics of painting conservation.