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Sophie Barbisan

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC
Hi there! My name is Sophie Barbisan and I recently graduated from the National Institute of Cultural Heritage (Institut National du Patrimoine, Paris, France), specializing in paper and parchment conservation.

I am currently a Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation of Museum Collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, focusing on a research dedicated to the local cleaning of stained artworks on paper with rigid gels.

I completed various internships including a six-months internship at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums. I also interned at the Louvre (Paris) and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Orleans (West France).
As part of the education program of the Inp, I also worked with other students on preservation projects at various French museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts (Paris), the National Historic Museum of the Navy (Paris), the Bonnat-Helleu Museum (Bayonne) and the National Center of Contemporary Art (Paris).