Institute of Fine Arts will strengthen the four-year project "Actualization of Time-based Media Art Conservation Education and Training."

Faculty and two students examine slides on light board
Photo by Bryan Whitney

The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation for the four-year project Actualization of Time-based Media Art Conservation Education and Training. This project will strengthen its already advanced program in this unique specialization, the only one of its kind in the U.S. The grant will support graduate student fellowships in time-based art conservation, summer internships for students to work at museums locally and globally, researchers and faculty to teach and supervise student progress, public lectures promoting the field, and workshops for mid-career professionals.

Established in 2016 with a development grant from the Mellon Foundation, the Conservation Center's curriculum in time-based media art conservation was designed to address the changing field of contemporary art conservation, as artists increasingly use unconventional components, including sound, performance, light, or movement that unfold over time via slide, film video, software, or the internet. Preserving these works presents particular challenges given their conceptual nature and use of components that extend well beyond traditional art materials.

The curriculum implementation began with a second award from the Mellon Foundation when the first cohort of students enrolled in September 2018. Now entering its fourth year, the TBM curriculum has exceeded expectations vis-a-vis interest and participation. The symposium Reflections and Projections: Time-based Media Art Conservation Education and Outreach will conclude this grant on June 30-July 1, 2022, by presenting teaching concepts developed by instructors, as well as student perspectives. It is hoped it will inspire other educators embarking on similar initiatives.

Professor Michele D. Marincola, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation and Chair of the Conservation Center, is principal investigator on the new award, which allows for the expansion of TBM activities. She remarked that "this unique and timely specialization has attracted wide audiences and will diversify our student cohorts. It is an honor to receive the Mellon Foundation's award, which recognizes our efforts in preparing conservators to address the challenges posed by these complex artworks."

Professor Christine Poggi, July and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, observed, "We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for facilitating the development and implementation of this curricular specialization. We look forward to actualizing our objectives with this and seeing the program flourish."


About the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University: 

The Institute of Fine Arts is an international leader in research and graduate teaching, and is committed to global engagement and advancing the fields of art history, archaelogy, and the theory and practice of conservation. New York City, with its incomparable resources and vitality, provides a backdrop and extended campus for the Institute's activities. Founded in 1960, the Conservation Center is the oldest degree-granting graduate program in art conservation in the United States. The Conservation Center offers a four-year, dual MA/MS graduate program that combines training in conservation with historical, archaeological, curatorial, and scientific studies.

For more information, please contact Michel D. Marincola, Chair of the Conservation Center and Serham Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation, at or Dr. Hannelore Romeich, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Conservation at



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