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Name: Cyntia Karnes
Location: Toronto, ON
Phone: 6472823067 (308)
Specialties: Art on PaperPhotographs
Services: Conservation Education,Conservation Matting/Framing,Conservation Planning,Consultation-General,Documentation,Exhibit Consultation,Surveys-General,Surveys-Object Specific,Treatment
Materials: Paper
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Willing to Travel: Yes

Biographical Information:

Cyntia Karnes is currently in private practice in Toronto, Canada, where she specializes in the conservation of paper and photographic collections for institutions and private clients. Formerly she was a Senior Paper Conservator at the Library of Congress (2003-2014), responsible for the treatment and housing of a wide range of special collection materials, and a co-administrator of the internship program. Prior to that she was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in paper conservation at the National Gallery of Art (2000-2003), and an Assistant Conservator at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware (1999-2000). Cyntia's conservation experience also includes work at The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, NL (1998-1999), The National Gallery of Art in Washington (1998 & 1999), The Baltimore Museum of Art (1997), and The National Archives in Washington (1991-1996). She earned a Master of Science degree in paper conservation with a minor in photograph conservation from the Winterthur Art Conservation Program at the University of Delaware in 1999. Cyntia has presented and published on the analysis of watercolours by American modernist John Marin, the conservation treatment of iron gall ink manuscripts, the history and treatment of oversized movie posters from the silent film era, and the historical manufacture of paper supports for platinum and palladium photographs, among other topics. She has also presented lectures and workshops on iron gall ink assessment and treatment, and on the use of pigments for media compensation to graduate students in conservation programs.

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