Courtney Von Stein Murray

photo by Jim Schneck, 2011

When Courtney’s grandma introduced her to oil painting at age eight, she knew that art was something she wanted to turn into a career. Following her freshman year at Emory University, Courtney completed an internship at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and fell in love with conservation. For the remainder of her undergraduate career, Courtney amassed experience with objects, paper, and outdoor sculpture at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. As part of her work, Courtney co-produced a podcast documenting the bathing and repair of six 18th-century William Hogarth prints. The podcast is used as a supplement to general chemistry classes at Emory. She continued her work as a Mellon/Cargill intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  There she completed the documentation and treatment of ten ethnographic objects for the “Infinity of Nations” exhibition currently on display in New York City. Throughout her senior year, Courtney worked with conservator Renée Stein to image cyclododecane-coated substrates before and after sublimation of the hydrocarbon. Courtney graduated from Emory University in 2011 with a degree in Chemistry. The recipient of the University’s Sonny Carter Scholarship, she was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team and served as the captain her senior year. She received three academic All-Conference nods and stands 11th all-time on the school’s 3-point list.

First-year summer work project: Toledo Museum of Art

Second-year summer work project: Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria

Third-year internship: Denver Art Museum

2014-2015 Kress Fellow in Objects Conservation, Denver Art Museum

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