Pamela Hatchfield and Jen Munch join the Conservation Center of the IFA

The exterior of the Stephen Chan House
The Stephen Chan House, home of the IFA's Conservation Center.

The Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts welcomes Pamela Hatchfield as the 2023–2024 Judith Praska Visiting Distinguished Professor in Conservation & Technical Studies and Jen Munch, a modern and contemporary paintings conservator, as the Spring 2024 Judith Praska Visiting Assistant Professor of Conservation.

Now in its eleventh year, the Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professorship has brought nineteen scholars to the Institute since 2012. Funded by an anonymous donor, the professorship recognizes preeminent conservation professionals who bring new viewpoints of teaching and research to the Institute’s program in conservation. This fall, Hatchfield is teaching a course entitled “Transferable Skills in the Treatment of Objects and Sculpture.” In the spring, Munch will teach “Imaging for Conservators: Essential Documentation Skills,” a course focused on photographic documentation.

Both professors will deliver a lecture during their tenure. Hatchfield’s public program, “Mysteries of the Unexplained: Fakes, Forgeries, and Fabulists – or - What the Conservator Saw and When She Saw It,” is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. in person at the Institute and online. Please visit the Institute’s website for more details.

“We are delighted to welcome Pam and Jen to the Institute for the current academic year. Their technical research and hands-on practice will serve as a rich resource for our students. The opportunity to have Praska visiting scholars adds significant value to our world-class training in fine art conservation,” notes Professor Christine Poggi, Judy and Michael Steinhardt Director of the Institute of Fine Arts.

Hatchfield’s extensive experience in object conservation will provide invaluable training for students, says Professor Michele D. Marincola, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation and co-chair of the Conservation Center.

“Pam’s warm and welcoming personality and depth of knowledge are greatly appreciated by our community,” Marincola says. “Jen’s expertise in photographic methods of documentation and their application in a range of conservation contexts will fill an important role in our curriculum. We look forward to her thoughtful approach to teaching these essential skills.

Pamela Hatchfield is the Head of Objects Conservation Emerita at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She also serves as the Project Coordinator for Held in Trust, a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation to chart the future of preservation and conservation in the United States. In addition, Hatchfield is a consultant to the Acton Art Collection at Villa La Pietra, NYU Florence. Her archaeological field experience includes sites in Egypt and Sudan.

She holds degrees from Vassar College and the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with postgraduate work at Harvard University and additional experience at the Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grenada National Museum, and in private practice.

Hatchfield’s many interests include the treatment of dry archaeological wood, Asian lacquer, Egyptian polychromy, stone, outdoor sculpture, and exhibition materials. She has taught, lectured, and published extensively on these and other subjects. A founding contributor to CAMEO (Conservation and Art Materials Database), she also authored the seminal book, Pollutants in the Museum Environment.  

Hatchfield  is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the International Institute for Conservation, and the American Academy in Rome. She served as President of AIC and in numerous other leadership positions. Awards include the Rome Prize and the AIC Robert L. Feller Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jen Munch is the owner and conservator of Jen Munch Art Conservation, an NYC-based private practice specializing in the treatment of modern and contemporary paintings. She has worked in conservation and collections since 2011. Jen earned her M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from the State University of New York at Buffalo State College and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University & School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.     

Munch previously worked as a contract conservator for the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., and as a staff conservator for a large private studio in NYC specializing in the conservation of contemporary artworks.  

Munch gained additional conservation experience as a graduate intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She’s worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Phillips Collection, both in Washington, D.C., Gianfranco Pocobene Studios in Malden, Massachusetts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Rika Smith-McNally & Associates, a conservation group specializing in public art and based in Providence, Rhode Island, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, public art collection, and Harvard University's Peabody Museum. Munch has treated easel paintings and objects from the 15th-21st centuries, as well as murals from the 19th-21st centuries.  She is a Professional Associate (peer-reviewed status) of the American Institute for Conservation and serves as the Chair of AIC’s Contemporary Art Network. She also serves on the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Visual Arts grants review panel.

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, archaeology, 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 Michele D. Marincola, co-chair of the Conservation Center and Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of Conservation, at michele.marincola@nyu.edu..

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