University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Art Professor Danny Campbell, and his art students, Juniors Matthew Fields and Brianna Bush, have been chosen to travel to Yale University to attend an intensive week-long professional development program for art history faculty and curators from universities across North America. This collaborative effort will involve the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts (New York University), the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) and Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), and the Kress Foundation. The training sessions will alternate between the Conservation Center and Yale University.
“It is our hope to become inspired and learn everything we need to know to bring the art of conservation and restoration back to our institution,” Campbell said.
The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) focused effort is a ground-breaking collaboration designed for Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Alliance of Museums and Galleries curators and their students. The Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH) HBCU curators will collaborate with site conservators, conservation scientists, and national and international art historians to lead practical case studies in the chemical restoration process to conserve historic works of art. Hands-on studio training and practical exercises will be used to learn restoration, technical, and analytical research methods.