BACC conservators are experienced in the treatment and care of artifacts composed of paper, paper-related, or parchment supports. We have successfully treated a broad range of objects, from eighteenth-century South Asian paintings delicately rendered in opaque watercolor to large-scale photos by Richard Avedon. Rembrandt etchings, Toulouse-Lautrec posters, historic artifacts, and drawings and prints by modern American masters such as Charles Burchfield have undergone successful treatment in our paper department.
Routine treatment procedures for works on paper include cleaning to remove surface dirt, or washing to reduce stains and to flush deterioration products from paper, mending of tears, removal of old repairs or adhesives, reinforcement to enhance stability, and re-housing with preservation quality materials.
Our paper conservators are trained to address both structural and aesthetic concerns in the development of appropriate treatments. BACC conservators are regularly engaged in technical analysis procedures, such as the study of paper composition and manufacture, which support art historical research. The variety of works on paper that are brought into BACC for treatment provide excellent learning opportunities for internships.
Collection-based institutions have utilized BACC’s paper conservators in the evaluation of environmental conditions and the design of storage facilities to ensure maximum protection for their holdings. Such projects have involved collections consisting of thousands of individual works.
Janet Ruggles, Executive Director/Chief Conservator of Paper, has served on the BACC staff since 1982 first as Conservator of Paper and subsequently as Chief Conservator of Paper. She has also served as General Manager and Director of the Center for twenty-one years. Ms. Ruggles holds a M.A. in Conservation and Certification of Advanced Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Programs, New York State University College at Oneonta and a B.Sc. majoring in biology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Prior employment includes positions as Associate Conservator of Paper with the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL and Assistant Conservator of Paper in the private practice of Marilyn Kemp Weidner, Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Ruggles is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and has served as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Getty Grant Program.
Stephanie Jewell, Associate Conservator of Paper, earned her Masters in art conservation from the Queen’s University program in Art Conservation in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She received her B.A. in art history at Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Jewell interned at the Denison Museum, the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, and the Walters Art Museum. Her training includes an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Walters Art Museum. Ms. Jewell is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
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