This past weekend, all of us WUDPAC students traveled to New York for the annual conference of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation (ANAGPIC). The students at NYU’s Conservation Center hosted the event and organized an amazing three days packed with museum tours, parties, and lectures. In attendance were the conservation faculty, staff, and students of New York University, Buffalo State College, Queen’s University, UCLA, and University of Delaware, as well as many post-graduate fellows from the Straus Center at Harvard.

On Day 1, we had the opportunity to see a little of New York and visit the conservation labs at the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the American Museum of Natural History. Following that was a tour of the Conservation Center at the IFA, and a poster session/welcome reception inside the beautiful Duke House.

Jess, Becky, Heather, Tessa, and Marlene posing outside the Brooklyn museum before our tour

Day 2 began bright and early (and felt even earlier following the previous night’s student party) at the Morgan Library and Museum. In my opinion, the Morgan was the perfect venue for the event, with its light and spacious architecture, temporary exhibition on Dan Flavin’s drawing, and Pierpont Morgan’s recently restored 1906 library. The Gilder Lehrman hall was also a lovely place to absorb the student talks throughout the day. Two students from each program spoke on topics ranging from facsimile prints, to taxidermy birds, to waterlogged basketry materials–all very interesting and well-researched! At the end of the day, we re-convened at the Bryant Park Grill for cocktails and a delicious dinner combined with a lot of great conversations and networking (probably the best part of ANAGPIC!).

The conference was concluded on Day 3 with the professional talks arranged by UD Mellon Fellow Caitlin O’Grady, and NYU Mellon Fellow Margo Delidow. Speakers from around the world overviewed the conservation programs of Mexico, the UK, and Iraq, respectively, and Patricia Hill described her own workshops on Chemistry and Art. As we hurried out of the auditorium, and back to our hotel, we had just enough time to say good-bye to our new friends and future colleagues.

Thanks to the students at NYU for making us feel welcome! Needless to say, I’m looking forward to ANAGPIC 2013 in L.A.!

~Heather

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