Samantha graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2011, with a BA in Art History and minors in Chemistry and Studio Art. Early into her degree work she found the field of conservation, after reading an article about a hidden painting discovered through x-radiography. The union of science, art, and traditional craft felt immediately at home to her, and in 2009, she began an internship at Crawford Conservation, Inc. (CCI), a private paintings conservation studio in South Carolina. While at CCI, she was permitted to perform an in-depth treatment on a 19th-century oil portrait, and wrote her senior honors thesis on that experience. During nearly two years of learning the techniques and theory behind the conservation of paintings, she also began an introductory study of bookbinding. Samantha spent the summer before attending WUDPAC as a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress, using FTIR spectroscopy to determine the level of degradation in magnetic tape in preparation for its conservation. She is excited about the many opportunities the field offers and the prospect of making a contribution to the preservation of our artistic and cultural heritage. In her free time, she enjoys reading, tennis, yoga, and drawing.
First-year summer work project: San Francisco Maritime Museum and Doris Duke’s Shangri La
Second-year summer work project: National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen
Third-year internship: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2014-2015 Kress Fellow in Paintings Conservation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston