GradImpact: Preserving Art for the Education and Enrichment of Future Generations

    As a master’s student and second-year Fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, Claire Taggart spends her days preserving art. Her work requires not only an appreciation for the value of art, but also skill in the scientific treatment and preservation of cultural artifacts. One of her recent projects involved a fabricated sculpture damaged during a courier trip, followed by immersion in Hurricane Sandy’s flood waters. The sculpture arrived at Winterthur in 23 pieces and after a technical study to figure out how, Ms. Taggart and a colleague put it back together. Automata No. 1, created by contemporary British artist Keith Tyson in 2005, requires additional work, but Taggart’s findings will aid in future restoration projects.


    In addition to her graduate fellowship at the University of Delaware, Ms. Taggart has received several prestigious fellowships and internships. Taggart spent the summer of 2015 as a conservation intern with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, where she worked to restore a World War II Black Widow Compressor. She spent the summer of 2016 as an intern at the Dallas Museum of Art. And, she was awarded a 2017 Delaware Public Humanities Institute (DELPHI) fellowship to spend ten weeks in the objects conservation lab of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


    Ms. Taggart expects to graduate with her M.S. in Art Conservation in 2018. To learn more about Claire’s work, visit the University of Delaware website.



    **Photo Credit: University of Delaware



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