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Joan Samuels

Professional experience

1987 - present      Senior Conservator, Fabian       
                                         Restauratoren, GmbH

2006 -                    Association with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections, Zurich

2004 -                    Conservation work for the Gottfried Honegger Foundation

2000 -                    Conservation work for the Hilti Art Foundation

1990- 2000            Conservation work for the Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein

1988                      Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M. H. de Young Museum

1984 – 87              Balboa Art Conservation Center, San Diego

1978 – 83              Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Professional education

1983 – 84              Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum, Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

1978 – 1983          Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon


 Professional Qualification

1984                      Certificate in the Conservation of Paintings, Center for Conservation and Technical Studies Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University

1977                       BA History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Courses, Workshops, Conferences

2016                       Emergency! Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation, Annual Meeting, American Institute for Conservation, Montreal, Canada

2014                       Sustainable Choices in Collection Care - Conscientious Conservation, Annual Meeting, American Institute for Conservation, San Francisco, California

2013                       Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage: Identification, Degradation and Conservation of Plastics, University of Amsterdam, Holland

2012                       Dry Cleaning Methods for Unvarnished Paintings with Maude Daudin-Schotte, 9th Masterclass 20/21, Porto, Portugal

1991                       International Conference on the Packing and Transportation of Paintings, London, Great Britain

1986                      Richard Wolbers, Cleaning Methods, Balboa Art Conservation Center, San Diego, California

1978                       McCrone Microscopy Course, Walter McCrone, New York City

Publications and Talks

H. Samuels, P. Samuels, J. Samuels, D. Fabian,
The Technique of the Painters of the American West, The Wellfleet Press, Secaucus, NJ, USA, 1991.

The Museum Climatology and Visitor Use Study Project at Hearst Castle by Dr. Nathan Stolow and Joan Samuels, Western Association for Art Conservation Newsletter. Vol. 10, January 1988. Presented by J. Samuels at the WAAC Conference, 1987.

Professional memberships

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AIC         American Insitutue for Conservation

Member of  speciality groups:

  • Paintings
  • Conservators in Private Practice
  • Architecture
  • Research and Technical Studies

ICOM     International Committee for Museums
IIC           International Institute for Conservation


SVBR     Swiss Framer’s Association


English                         mother tongue
German                       fluent
French                         good


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