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Caitlin Richeson

Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
Graduate Fellow
Hanover, MD
Caitlin graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a BFA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. She began her exploration of the field of conservation at the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeological Conservation Lab where she rehoused, illustrated, and treated artifacts recovered from Civil War era vessels. She continued to pursue conservation as an intern at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Archaeological Artifacts Lab with Emily Williams. In 2012 she worked under Gwynne Ryan at the Hirshhorn as an outdoor sculpture conservation intern treating a variety of materials ranging from traditional bronze sculptures by Henri Matisse and Henry Moore to the contemporary sculptures of Roxy Paine, Ai Weiwei, and Anish Kapoor. At the American Museum of Natural History she worked under Lisa Elkin and Julia Sybalsky as part of an IMLS-funded project researching methods to recolor faded historic taxidermy. Along with preparing numerous sample replicates for testing, she participated in a condition survey of the taxidermy collection for the Department of Mammology and conducted treatments on historic taxidermy. She has also worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with Tiarna Doherty and Helen Ingalls on projects ranging from time-based media to folk art.