Victoria Schussler

photo by Jim Schneck, 2011

While fulfilling the requirements of the “Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental” concentration of the Yale College biology major, Vicky explored other academic disciplines, gravitating toward the history of art and the study of classical civilizations. Hoping to combine these interests, she enrolled in Aspects of Connoisseurship and Conservation, an undergraduate seminar offered by the Conservation Department of the Yale Center for British Art, and wrote “Infestation and Degradation of Paper Objects by Biological Agents” for her senior essay in the biology major. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Yale University in 2009, Vicky began working as a conservation intern at the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), participating in the treatment, research, and analysis of collection objects and potential acquisitions. With her primary supervisor, object conservator Carol Snow, Vicky participated in the treatments of objects of varied materials and origins, and of manufacture ranging from ancient to contemporary, including a Nok terracotta figure, the shrine of a late Mithraeum excavated from Dura Europos, a Byzantine mosaic floor excavated from the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Gerasa, the paneling of an American period room from the Rose Curtiss House, an American brass and silver gorget, George Segal’s The Dentist and Night by Judith Shea.

First-year summer work project: Central Park Conservancy

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

Third-year internship: Corning Museum of Glass and Brooklyn Museum

2014-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation, Brooklyn Museum

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