Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor
In Conservation and Technical Studies

Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, a new visiting professorship in conservation and technical studies was inaugurated in Fall 2012. The Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation is named in honor of the donor’s grandmother.  Inspired by the Kirk Varnedoe Memorial Professorship, this visiting position will be awarded to a prominent conservator or scientist who can bring to our program new areas for research and teaching.  The Praska Professor will be invited for a semester to the Institute of Fine Arts to teach in his or her area of specialty, particularly in courses designed for both conservation and art history students.  The Professor will also give one public lecture on his or her research at the IFA.  The professorship will run for four years through spring 2016.

In Spring 2015, we welcomed Salvador Muñoz Viñas from Valencia, Spain. He is a Professor in the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Head of the paper conservation section of the UPV Conservation Research Institute, and Director of the Conservation Department of the UPV. His current work revolves around conservation theory and the technical aspects of paper conservation.

In Fall 2015, Cathleen Baker, Conservation Librarian and Exhibit Conservator at the University of Michigan Library, will join the Institute as our sixth Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor in Conservation. Professor Baker is a skilled and knowledgeable paper and book conservator, paper historian, art historian, biographer, and artist, as well as the talented and perceptive proprietor, editor, and designer of The Legacy Press.


2013 - 2014 Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professors: Alan Phenix and Julie Wolfe.

Fall 2012 Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor: Christine Frohnert
Christine Frohnert, Conservator of Contemporary Art, Modern Materials and Media, Bek & Frohnert LLC

Spring 2013 Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor: Carol Mancusi-Ungaro
Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Associate Director of Conservation and Research, Whitney Museum of American Art Open link in new windowand Founding Director of the Center for Technical Study of Modern ArtOpen link in new window at the Harvard Art Museums