Update from the Chair

AIC News Network Column, July 2021

2021 AIC/SPNHC Annual Meeting

During this year’s virtual meeting, ECPN strove to utilize online platforms to deliver educational content and establish peer-to-peer connections. We could not have achieved these events without the support of the Getty Foundation. ECPN hosted:

› A moderated panel “Conservation in a Changing World” with panelists Sanchita Balachandran, Joy Bloser, Kris Cnossen, Anisha Gupta, and Glenn Wharton, moderated by Jessica Betz Abel 

Watch the event here

› A Poster Session featuring posters by Caitlin Richeson, Michaela Paulson, and Ashley Stanford › A virtual Information Session and Town Hall   

Watch the event here

› Information Meeting and Happy Hour covering updates on ECPN initiatives, an introduction to our new officers, and an opportunity for ECPs to ask questions, provide feedback, and learn how to get involved. 

Watch the event here

Professional Education and Training (PET) Resources

Interview Series
Pre-program Mentors Series, with the release of two new interviews:

› Amanda Holden, Senior Conservator of Textiles at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields (March 2021)
› Kate Morrand, Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory (May 2021)

Retrospective of the Great Recession Survey Report

Emerging Conservation Professionals of all levels are facing unexpected challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the situation continues to change, the ECPN Professional Education and Training (PET) Officers compiled a three-part series focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to provide resources that may help answer some questions currently being raised by ECPs.

ECPN is excited to announce a collaborative partnership with the FAIC Oral History Project. Going forward, all interviews with emerging conservation professionals will also be archived, including: Graduate Program Liaisons, Specialty Group Liaisons, Specialty Groups Series, International Education Series, Pre-Program Mentors Series, and “Creative Endeavors and Expressive Ideas” series.

ECPN Compensation Spreadsheets
PET Officers have continued reviewing online fellowship and internship job postings so that relevant data can be entered into ECPN’s Compensation Spreadsheets. This year they have added 7 fellowships, 9 graduate internships, and 10 pre-program internships. You can contribute by filling out our survey.

Liaison Program News and Resources

Graduate School Liaison Interview Series, featuring three new interviews.
Diane Walker, The Fashion Institute of Technology (State University of New York) Master of Arts program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice
› Abby Schleicher, The SUNY Buffalo State, Garman Art Conservation Department
› Gabriela Figuereo, Historic Preservation Program Columbia University

Join us for Conservators Combating Climate Change: Season 2

Conservators Combating Climate Change returned for a second season with cohost and founder Natalya Swanson joined by Marie Desrochers. In this season, we focus on the intersectional nature of sustainability work by speaking with heritage and environmental conservators, educators, architects, and engineers about ongoing collaborative projects. Ten new episodes are were released weekly throughout April and May, so subscribe and tune in on https://anchor.fm/conservatorscombatingcc.

Write with feedback and questions to ecpn.aic.digitalplatforms@gmail.com.

2021-2022 Term

As the 2021-2022 term begins, I am excited to continue collaborating with my fellow Officers on all the amazing work we have planned for this term. During this past year we have learned many lessons about the success of virtual programming and its ability to increase accessibility to our network. It is my intention, that this term we will continue to increase accessibility with all of our programming in order to grow an inclusive and diverse membership.

— Jessica Betz Abel, Chair, 

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