The College Art Association has awarded Glenn Wharton, a clinical associate professor in NYU’s Museum Studies Program, its CAA/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation.
“The work of Glenn Wharton, an outstanding archaeological conservator, a sensitive conservator of outdoor sculpture, and a leader in the conservation of contemporary art and time-based art, has brought about a major shift in the ethics and approaches to his discipline,” the New York City-based organization said in announcing the honor. “Wharton’s career has been distinguished by unceasing growth and commitment to thoroughness, as demonstrated in his rigorous publications, in the dissemination of his work, and, perhaps most important, in his exceptional generosity and dedication to teaching.”
CAA noted Wharton’s research for the conservation of the monumental painted brass statue of King Kamehameha I in Honolulu, HI, which became the subject of his doctoral dissertation at University College London and, later, his 2012 book, The Painted King: Art, Activism, and Authenticity in Hawaii (University of Hawaii Press).
The association noted that Wharton’s studies “on the treatment of the Kamehameha monument have changed the way conservators preserve sensitive cultural objects.”
Wharton’s honor is among CAA’s 2014 Awards for Distinction, which “honor the outstanding achievements and accomplishments of individual artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics whose efforts transcend their individual disciplines and contribute to the profession as a whole and to the world at large,” the association said.
CAA will formally recognize this year’s honorees at an awards ceremony to be held during its 102nd Annual Conference, to be held in February in Chicago.
In 2006, Wharton founded the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art - North America and served as its executive director until 2010. The INCCA-NA office is now housed at Bobst Library. Its mission is to develop educational programming and collaborative strategies for conserving contemporary art.