Heather Brown

photo by Jim Schneck, 2011

Heather was first introduced to conservation while studying for her MA in Museum History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. As part of this course, she had the opportunity to visit the conservation labs of the Tate, where she observed the washing of a Turner watercolor and left completely captivated. Her enthusiasm confirmed that a career in conservation was the perfect fit. Soon thereafter, she began her pre-program experience as an intern at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where she helped conservator Shiho Sasaki with the consolidation of 19th-century Thai paintings acquired from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The following year, she continued as a conservation technician at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and worked on projects such as washing and light bleaching of prints with Nancy Ash and Scott Homolka, polishing of the American silver collection with Melissa Meighan, laser cleaning of architectural objects with Andrew Lins, and qualitative analysis of in situ rock paintings with Beth Price. Concurrently, she assisted with a survey and re-housing of photographic materials at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum under the supervision of Jane Klinger. Heather has also volunteered at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California State Library, and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia.

First-year summer work project: Museum of Modern Art, New York

Second-year summer work project: National Gallery of Art, D.C.

Third-year internship: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

2014-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


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