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Susan L. Buck

Conservator and Paint Analyst

Lecturer, Winterthur/University of Delaware Graduate Program in Art Conservation

EDUCATION:    The University of Delaware Ph.D. Program in Art Conservation Research. Dissertation topic: "The Aiken-Rhett House: A Comparative Architectural Paint Study".  Completed June 2003.  Awarded the Wilbur Owen Sypherd Prize for the outstanding doctoral dissertation in the Humanities.

The University of Delaware/Winterthur Graduate Program in Art Conservation.  MS degree, 1991.  Concentration in Furniture Conservation with an emphasis on painted surfaces.

Boston University Graduate School of Management.  Boston, MA.  MBA degree with honors, 1982.  Concentration in Marketing.

Williams College.  Williamstown, MA.  BA degree, 1976.  Major in Studio Art with added concentration in French.

CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

2011 - present    The Palace Museum and World Monuments Fund CRAFT 
        (Conservation Resources for Architectural Interiors/Furniture and 
Training) Graduate Conservation Program.  Beijing, China.
Lecturer: Course content includes paint analysis, sampling procedures, fiber identification, pigment identification, and interpretation of paint and finish coatings. Introduction to alternative cleaning approaches and inpainting. 

2001 - present    Self-employed as a Conservator and Paint Analyst.
Analysis of paint and finish histories on decorative art objects, furniture and architecture.  Pigment identification, binding media analysis, cross-section microscopy analysis, color measurement and matching, and on-site examination and sampling. On-site overpaint removal testing to reveal early decorative schemes.
 
1997 - 2001    Historic Paint Services, Newton Centre, MA.
Analysis of paint and finish histories on decorative art objects, furniture and architecture.  Pigment identification, binding media analysis, cross-section microscopy analysis, and on-site examination and sampling. Conservation surveys.

 1991 -1996        Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities,
Conservation Center, Waltham, MA.
Furniture conservation, surveys and architectural paint analysis.  Complete structural and finish treatment; gilding and the treatment of gilded surfaces; analysis of clear coatings and paint layers using ultraviolet light microscopy and biological staining techniques. 

1990 - summer     Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  Boston, MA.
Project sponsored by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.  Primary focus of the project was the analysis and treatment of two sets of 18th-century Venetian painted furniture.  One chair from each set was chosen for paint analysis and cleaning.  The goal was to develop reasonable strategies for stabilizing, interpreting and treating both sets.  Two structural treatments of klismos-style side chairs also completed during this period.

PRESENTATIONS:

“Documentation, Analysis and Conservation of Decorative Architectural Finishes”, Peking University Archaeology Department, Beijing, China, April 2014.

“Brilliance Revealed: Original Palettes of Early New England Painted Furniture”, Historic Deerfield, January 2014.

“Passion for Color: Using Paint Analysis to Discover the Colorful World of the Shakers”, The Smithsonian Lunder Conservation Center, Washington, DC, September 2013.

“Conservation of the Painted and Gilded Finishes in the Emperor’s Studio of Exhaustion from Diligent Service”, Symposium on the 
Restoration of Juanqinzhai, Co-sponsored by the Palace Museum and the World Monuments Fund.  Beijing, China, November 2008.

“How Architectural Paint Analysis can be used to Interpret Charleston’s Historic Buildings”
2008 MESDA Summer Institute, Winston-Salem, NC.