Preliminary Slate for May elections

Posted on Feb 19, 2013

The Washington Conservation Guild will be holding elections at it’s Annual Business Meeting on May 2, 2013.  The membership will be electing officers for the position of President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer and two Directors.  The membership will also vote on whether to extend the terms of three current Directors by one year.  If there  are members who wish to nominate  additional candidates or themselves they must do so by emailing the Nominating Committee at by March 18th.  The preliminary slate is as follows:


Jane Klinger:  Jane E Klinger is the Chief Conservator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Conservation in Florence, Italy at the Villa Schifanoia, Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts. After graduating, she established the first paper conservation laboratory for the prints department of the Galleria Moderna at the Pitti Palace in Florence. Prior to returning to the United States, she worked on various projects in Belgium, Italy, and Israel. Her first American job was Assistant Paper Conservator at Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware. She then became the Paper Conservator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She later worked for the National Archives and Records Administration and was sent to the Pacific Sierra Region Branch in San Bruno, California to establish the first National Archives preservation and conservation laboratory outside the District of Columbia. She has taught paper conservation in Brazil and Bolivia, has served as part of the teaching staff of the Society of American Archivists Preservation Management Training Program, and has presented papers to various professional groups in the United States and abroad.  Ms. Klinger is currently enrolled as the Coremans Fellow in the Preservation PhD Program at the University of Deleware.  She is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and has served on its board. She is currently the Vice President of the Washington Conservation Guild.

Vice President:

Steven Pickman: Steven Pickman is principle and owner of Steven Pickman Objects Conservation, LLC, a private art conservation practice founded in 2009 in the greater Washington, DC region. The firm provides consultation, short-term resolutions, and long-term solutions for the preservation, conservation, and restoration of three-dimensional art objects and artifacts to private collectors, art galleries and museums. Since 2011, Steven has been on contract with the National Air and Space Museum working on Collection Care Preservation Fund (CCPF) sponsored projects.

Prior to arriving in Washington DC, Steven attended the UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, and graduated as a member of the inaugural class in 2008. Steven brought with him a strong commitment to the Conservation profession and recognized the importance of active professional participation. He has served one term on the Washington Conservation Guild’s Board of Directors, served on an Advisory Group for an FAIC/NEH sponsored Outdoor Sculpture Conservation Workshop (Washington, DC), and acted as a co-chair for the APT-DC/WCG sponsored conference: Climate Control in Historic Buildings: the old, the cold, and the mold.

Steven also like long walks on beaches, rhythmic gymnastics, lederhosen and teasing his ever-patient wife (only one of these is actually true).

Dawn Rogala: Dawn Rogala has worked as a paintings conservator in the U.S. and abroad and is currently a postgraduate research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, a Coremans Fellow and doctoral candidate in preservation studies at the University of Delaware, and a paintings conservator at Page Conservation, Inc. Dawn is a 2006 graduate of the art conservation program at Buffalo State College/SUNY, where her study of Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann’s ground layers led to a Conservation of Museum Collections Fellowship at the Smithsonian and to Dawn’s current dissertation research in which she completes her examination of Hofmann’s late-career materials. Dawn has presented papers on aspects of her Smithsonian research at national and international conferences, and has co-authored related papers on materials-induced condition, paint analysis, and research methodology for the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, the American Institute for Conservation Paintings Specialty Group postprints, and the postprints of the Materials Research Society. Dawn is a Professional Associate member of AIC and recently completed her tenure as PSG Secretary/Treasurer. Dawn is enthusiastic about providing administrative and logistical support for WCG’s preservation and outreach efforts.

Recording Secretary:

Sharon Norquest: Sharon Norquest graduated from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in objects conservation in 2009. In graduate school she completed internships at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art and at the archaeological site of Sardis, Turkey.  After graduation, she completed a fellowship at Historic New England. This fellowship involved the treatment of decorate art objects including a large collection of glass vases. In the fall of 2010 Sharon moved to northern Virginia where she set up private practice.  Since that time she has worked as a project conservator for an IMLS funded grant for Historic St. Mary’s City. This grant focused on the treatment of archaeological metal artifacts from the Town Center site. Currently she is employed as a contract conservator for the National Air and Space Museum. For this project she is conducting stabilization treatments on objects previously identified as being at risk. Sharon is a member of AIC, The Virginia Conservation Association, and ICOM-US. She has been a member of the Washington Conservation Guild since 2009. She has enjoyed volunteering at events with the guild such as the Angles Project at the National Park Seminary in 2010 and at the Big Build Event this past fall.

Elizabeth Campbell: Elizabeth A. Campbell, LEED AP BD+C, is a Project Coordinator with Hoffmann Architects, Inc., an architectural firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors.  Elizabeth earned a Master of Architecture at the University of Illinois in 2003.  Elizabeth has documented existing conditions for the U. S. Capitol Building, the Baggage and Dormitory Building, Ellis Island, as well as other landmark structures, with Oehrlein and Associates Architects.  She has over seven years’ experience detailing new residential projects in historic neighborhoods in the Washington DC Metro area, with SGA Companies, Inc., a development architecture firm located in Bethesda, MD.

Recent projects of note, since joining Hoffmann Architects in June of 2012, include assisting in the documentation of methods and findings of a water leak investigation at the John Denver Mullen Library at Catholic University and assisting in the development of repair drawings for the rehabilitation of Packer Memorial Church, at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.  Current projects include site observation and documentation of the Bureau of Printing and Engraving limestone façade rehabilitation.

Elizabeth served as Secretary of the 3900 Tunlaw Cooperative Board, at her place of residence, from 2007-2009; and served as Vice-President from 2009-2010. Elizabeth is currently in the process of taking the Architecture Registration Exam divisions and is enthusiastic about her potential contribution to the Washington Conservation Guild as Recording Secretary.


Rick Badwey: Rick Badwey graduated from American University in 1986 with a BSBA in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He enjoys collecting and dealing in historical documents, prints and maps. He founded Museum Framing (formerly Showcase Portfolios) in Alexandria, VA in 1989. Rick has written articles for Manuscripts Journal and contributed articles to the London based Fine Art Trade Guild, (of which he is a member), on various forms of proper preservation and display of various medium of artwork. He is a founding board member of the newly formed National Continental Congress Center in Annapolis, which is dedicated to honoring our first Presidents, who presided over the Continental Congress during the early turmoil years up to and through the American Revolution until the election of President George Washington and celebration of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris, signed in Annapolis, which ended the war.

Directors, we will be electing two:

Lynn Brostoff : Prior to obtaining a Masters Degree in Polymer Materials Science (1994) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (2003), Lynn Brostoff obtained a Masters Degree in Art History and a Certificate of Conservation with emphasis on Paper Conservation. Lynn also practiced as a paper conservator for several years. Since that time, Lynn has worked as a scientist at leading museums and libraries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, and the Library of Congress (LC) in Washington, DC, where she is presently a senior scientist. Lynn has in-depth research and analytical expertise with an unusually wide range of materials and issues, including archaeological, fine art and library collections, as well as technical art history studies and research projects. Her current research interests focus on the effects of so-called corrosive media on paper-based materials, particularly iron gall ink and verdigris pigment, and the development of Raman spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction for analysis of materials in cultural heritage collections. Lynn is currently the Analytical Services Liaison at LC and spends significant time conducting technical studies in close collaboration with conservators, curators and other scientists outside of the cultural heritage profession. Lynn also enjoys mentoring students and lecturing.

Diana Galante: Diana Johnson Galante is an objects conservator at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture.  As such, she is beginning a conservation program, conducting a survey of the collection and its projected needs, and writing a Preservation Plan and supporting documents.  Previously, she held a fellowship in Objects Conservation at the Straus Center for Conservation at the Harvard Art Museums where she treated Islamic ceramics and researched nineteenth-century iron casting techniques.  She worked for a private conservator in New York on furniture and modern art for several years after graduating from the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  She completed her graduate internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Before that, she performed several pre-program internships at local museums including The Hirshhorn, the National Museum of American History and The Walters Art Museum.  Diana has a strong interest in metals fabrication techniques and has practiced goldsmithing, silversmithing, bronze and iron casting, forging and welding.  She is from the Baltimore-Washington area and is happy to be back after a long absence.

Caitlin Shaffer: Caitlin Shaffer, conservator at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, received her BA in Art and Visual Culture from Bates College and MA in Conservation Studies from West Dean College in the UK. Since 2008, her work at the MAC Lab has focused on treating archaeological objects from throughout the eastern US, carrying out large-scale condition assessments of collections, and photographing artifacts for the Lab’s Diagnostic Artifacts website. As part of her training, Caitlin interned at the British Museum’s Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, and treated objects for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of London, and the British National Trust. Interests include ceramics, small finds, and innovative storage solutions.

Third year extension for the following Directors:

Connie Stromberg:  ___yes  ___no


Julia Brennan: ___yes  ___no


Justine Bello: ___yes ____no