Favorite thing about her program:
“The Museum Studies program is very tight-knit, and the smaller class size and number of students in the program creates great relationships between both the students and faculty. The advisors are extremely focused on the success of the students and take a very hands-on approach to take care of each student's needs and interests.
Study Abroad: Siena, Italy
“During the summer after my sophomore year, I was able to spend the entire month of July in Italy and live with a host family while attending school. I took Italian classes a few times a week, and then spent the rest of my time working with four other students for a local painting conservator and restorer. I was able to work on actual art from day one, and we spent the month cleaning and touching-up a ceiling fresco in a local woman’s home. It was an amazing opportunity and gave me very valuable work experience. During the month we also had plenty of time for exploring, and were able to visit Florence, go to the beach, relax in local hot springs, and celebrate the upcoming Palio horse race. Overall it was an experience that I will never forget, and something that I will continue to benefit from for many years.”
Internship: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)
“For my internship I spent ten weeks living in D.C. and working 40 hours a week at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). My project involved working with daguerreotypes, which are photographs printed on silver coated copper plates, and are one of the earliest forms of photography. I worked with two supervisors and was using different advanced imaging techniques to gain a better understanding of the degradation that had happened over time to the very fragile daguerreotype surface. In addition to this project, I also had the opportunity to work with the furniture conservator on the restoration of a 19th century flag-pole from the Smithsonian Arts and Industries buildings. I also spent some time cleaning a very intricately-carved wooden Chinese frame from a painting at the Sackler Gallery.”