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ICOM-CC Directory Board candidates 2020-2023 

 

CLAUDIA CHEMELLO

United States of America

Giving back to the conservation community is the driving force behind my candidacy for the ICOM-CC Directory Board. I am grateful to have further opportunity to serve after nine years of prior service as an Assistant Coordinator and Coordinator of the Metals Working Group.

The key strengths that I will bring to the board are grounded in my prior volunteer leadership for ICOM-CC and other cultural heritage organizations. These include conference management and publications expertise, a collegial, constructive and organized approach, and member perspective as a practicing conservator. The international culture and values of ICOM and ICOM-CC provides a strong framework for promoting the preservation and protection of cultural heritage and strengthening the voice of the conservator. I am committed to supporting and advancing the strategic goals of ICOM-CC and fostering an environment of diversity, inclusion and shared decision making. Increasing opportunities for members in our multi-disciplinary community is critical as we work together to reinforce the value and awareness of our profession and the diffusion of knowledge within our field and, critically, across allied disciplines. There are numerous challenges to face including shrinking resources, the impacts of climate change, and the current global health pandemic that are profoundly affecting the way we have to work and interact with one another.

My career in the conservation field spans several decades and numerous continents on challenging projects. I have worked in a variety of contexts including museums, cultural institutions, foreign archaeological research institutes and in the field on archaeological and historic sites. I now direct a private conservation practice in the United States managing multiple projects in parallel and working with a wide range of people from public, private and international settings. Collaborating with diverse groups and stakeholders, advocating for best practices and the value of conservation, and helping to build relationships that strengthen these perspectives are strengths that I will bring to the board. I’m energized to further serve our community and look forward to working with fellow board members, coordinators and members for the next triennial.

 

STEPHANIE DE ROEMER

United Kingdom

I have been the Working Group Coordinator for Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decorations Working Group for the last two triennia, which allowed me to develop many of my communications skills in advocating the conservation profession and care for Sculpture, Interiors and Architectural settings across broad and diverse audiences.
It is the complexity and diversity of the 3-dimensional heritage which has led me to find and explore alternative ways and methods to conventional and current conservation practices; in particular training in facilitation and audience engagement practices.
Through my training in the conservation of Archaeological cultural heritage and my experience in the conservation of Contemporary Installation-, Concept-, and Performance Art, I would endeavor to bring methodologies, practices and ethical debates concerning ‘sustainability’ to the agenda of the International Council of Museums - Conservation Committee, within the framework of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Conservation, I believe, has much to offer beyond the conservation lab, studio, workshop, and university environment. As a practice it offers opportunity for participation, engagement and collaboration, the fundamental requirements for communication, networking and nurturing communities of practice working together towards achieving and sustaining our ability to care.
 

NORA W. KENNEDY

United States of America

Dr. Nora Kennedy is the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Photograph Conservation Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA. During her 29 years at the Museum, she has worked on more than one hundred exhibitions and continues to expand the Museum’s initiatives in education, scholarship, public outreach, and advocacy. Nora is an Institute Lecturer for New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center, sharing her passion for the technical history of photography and conservation with emerging conservators and art historians alike. Since 2005 she has collaborated with colleagues internationally to provide preservation training for collection keepers throughout the Middle East as part of the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (www.meppi.me). She has taught workshops in Australia, Benin, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, and South Africa, and has lectured on a variety of topics internationally. Kennedy has published on topics ranging from artist’s techniques; education and training; nineteenth-century daguerreotypes; the changing attitudes about contemporary color photographs; to global photograph conservation initiatives. Her awards include the 2003 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement from the University of Delaware; the 2006 American Institute for Conservation’s Sheldon and Carolyn Keck Award recognizing a sustained record of excellence in education and training; the 2011 HP Image Permanence Award; and a doctorate honoris causa from the Academy of Fine Art and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2019.

An ICOM-CC member since 1996, Dr. Kennedy served as the Assistant Coordinator of the Photographic Materials Working Group for two terms (1999-2005) and as a Board member for the last triennium. Nora has benefitted enormously from her association with the ICOM-CC in meeting colleagues internationally, attending conferences, and presenting papers on numerous occasions. In seeking a second term to the Board, Nora would like to continue to pursue some of the important Board initiatives, including editing our newsletter, On Board, thereby giving back to an organization she believes in strongly. Her experience in launching and overseeing international initiatives; her collaborative nature; her active advocacy for our field; and her prior Board experience will all serve her well in this endeavor.

 

QINGLIN MA

 P. R. China

I earned my BSc (1986), MSc (1997) and PhD (2000) in chemistry from the Lanzhou University, China. I have worked at the Gansu Provincial Museum from 1986 to 2004 as head of the conservation laboratory and later became the deputy director. I was a visiting scientist in conservation at the Getty Conservation Institute Museum Research Laboratory in 2001, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich in 2003 and visiting professor at the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and University of Zurich in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014. I was a senior scientist and deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage in Beijing from 2004 to 2018. I was assumed as Vice Chair of the Chinese Museum Association-Conservation Committee (CMA-CC) Directory Board since 2008, committee member of degree center of the Ministry of Education in 2016. Presently, I am a senior professor at the Institute of Cultural Heritage, Shandong University in 2018.

I have treated more than 1000 pieces of artifacts, published more than 180 academic papers including 30 Studies in Conservation articles, published 5 books, 4 translation books, among them 4 books were awarded. I have organized numerous scientific research projects and meetings which were financially supported by the Ministry Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, State Administration of Cultural Heritage China (SACH) and China Academy for Cultural Heritage (CACH).. I am also an activity peer reviewer for “Studies in Conservation”, “Heritage Science”, “Microscopy and Microanalysis”, editorial committee of the "Heritage Science" and "Sciences of Conservation and Archaeology".

In an age of globalization, I will devote myself to the ICOM-CC directory board, continue to strengthen the communication and build further on the relations between CMA-CC and ICOM-CC, share and collaborate in technical, conceptual and emotional aspects. To better protect our invaluable, and shared cultural memories.

 

REIKO SAKAKI

Japan

 I am a historian specialized in the history of cultural exchange across the world in the Age of Exploration, and I have worked as a curator at the Tobacco & Salt Museum, one of the Japanese corporate museums, located in Tokyo, for more than 25 years. Through my experience of working in exhibitions with curators/conservators from different countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, and the Philippines, etc., and visiting museums or cultural heritage sites in more than 50 countries, I became interested in the conservation of the cultural properties. Especially it was the “2011 Great East Japan Earthquake” that shocked me and made me realize the importance of conservation again, and since then, I have attended symposia, lectures and conferences related to this issue much more frequently than before.
I have been a member of ICOM since 2010, and I attended two ICOM General Conferences in Shanghai, China (2010) and Milano, Italy (2016). The ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Copenhagen, 2017, was the first ICOM-CC Conference for me as a member of ICOM-CC. At the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto, Japan (2019), I was a contact person for ICOM-CC and took part of arrangements of the off-site visit in Nara and the ICOM-CC Post-Conference Tour in the Tohoku Region.
It was an unforgettable experience for me to visit with ICOM-CC members the museums / institutes in Nara and the Tohoku region that have been struggling with difficult tasks of conservation and restoration of cultural properties damaged by earthquake and tsunami in 2011. At the same time, I strongly thought that it would be necessary to maintain and strengthen the relationship between ICOM-CC conservators / specialists and Japanese museums / institutes to share valuable information related to “conservation and restoration of the cultural properties” with each other. In cooperation with you all, I have the enthusiasm and the power to take them.
I hope to be able to serve as a bridge for both and to contribute to ICOM-CC and ICOM.

 

KATE SEYMOUR

The Netherlands

ICOM-CC is a truly global organisation with members coming from all corners of the world, all focusing on safe guarding cultural heritage. ICOM-CC plays a key role in defining best-practice strategies and methodologies for preserving and conserving these irreplaceable assets. ICOM-CC leadership needs people who can transcend boundaries and work across disciplines. I believe I have developed these characteristics through my work as a conservator and Head of Education at SRAL (Maastricht, NL), teaching conservation practice and science at the Universities of Amsterdam and Maastricht, as well as through workshops in Europe, Russia and India. I work with conservation students, mid-career conservators, researchers and museum professionals from many different countries, which provides me with insight into different working practices and allows me to explore new methodologies. These professional activities have encouraged my broad outlook on the conservation sector and have emphasised the necessity to listen to others, as well as maintain a flexible attitude and an open mind set.

I have been actively involved in ICOM-CC for over 18 years, first assisting the coordinator of the Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decoration Working Group (2002-2008), followed by two terms as Coordinator (2008-2014) of the same group and then as Coordinator for the Education and Training in Conservation Working Group (2014-2017). Lately, for the past three years I have been an elected member of the Directory Board, functioning as the Liaison officer connecting the Directory Board with the Coordinators (2017-2020). My long history with ICOM-CC has strengthened an understanding of the organisation and our parent body, and of global issues affecting the conservation field. Throughout my career, I have strongly promoted communication and exchange of ideas, research, and treatment practices helping to form current conservation strategies and teaching modules. Networking, capacity building and dissemination are aims both core to the ICOM-CC strategic plan and to me personally. If elected, I hope to bring my positive outlook and organisational skills to accomplishing the tasks required of ICOM-CC Directory Board members, and ultimately further developing standards of excellence that can be used within the conservation field.
 

DEBORAH LEE TRUPIN

United States of America

 I have been a member of ICOM-CC since the Triennial Conference in Copenhagen in 1984. From that first meeting, I have been a firm supporter of and believer in ICOM-CC’s goals of building an international conservation community and strengthening conservation worldwide. Each Triennial meeting or Interim meeting that I’ve attended has increased my practical knowledge. I have returned from each one newly inspired by the field. The meetings and the Preprints are a valuable way for conservators to exchange information. More importantly, the meetings give me inspiration and renewed dedication to conservation.
When asked to stand for Coordinator for the ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group in 2014, I hesitated a bit, feeling that I might be overcommitted. I did stand and, while I was rather overcommitted, I muddled through and even stood for a second term as Coordinator. Thanks are due to all who have helped me in this role. During my terms as Coordinator I’ve learned a lot about ICOM and ICOM-CC and have become ever more committed to the organization and its mission.
I’ve been a practicing conservator for nearly 40 years. For almost 30 of those years, I was textile and upholstery conservator for New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Bureau of Historic Sites. Since 2015, I have been adjunct professor in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s MA program, Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory and Museum Practice and maintain a private conservation practice.
Other experience that is relevant to serving on the Directory Board includes my service on the AIC Board (2011–2017) and on two (non-conservation) boards. In addition, I did my graduate school internship in Belgium and have taught/mentored in Italy and Finland.
Looking forward, I am particularly excited about ICOM-CC’s current effort to digitize all past publications. I would like to help ICOM-CC explore new ways of meeting and working, as well as supporting existing structures (Triennial Meetings in particular. ) If elected, I will be honored to work the ICOM-CC Directory Board, Secretariat and members to further the goals of ICOM-CC.

 

EMILY WILLIAMS

United Kingdom

 I am an Associate Professor at Durham University, England, where I direct the MA in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects. Prior to that I was the Archaeological Conservator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, USA, and I have worked at a variety of sites and museums around the world.

One of the first professional conferences I ever attended was the Wet Organic Archaeological Materials (WOAM) Working Group conference in York (1996). Since then, I have served as the local arrangements co-organizer for the 2010 WOAM Conference in Greenville, NC, and then as an Assistant Coordinator (2011-2014) and WOAM Coordinator (2014-2020). I have been a faithful attendee of the ICOM-CC Triennial Conferences since the one in The Hague, 2005.

I am running for the Directory Board because I am deeply committed to the organization and because I feel that during the next triennial period the organization and the conservation field face a lot of challenges and I would like to help build the organization’s resiliency and help the Board advocate for the field. Skills that I would bring to the position include conference planning, publication experience (especially important as ICOM-CC begins an initiative to move the archives of the working groups on-line), grant writing, strategic planning, and public outreach.

 

 

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