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Objects Conservation

The objects conservators of the Midwest Art Conservation Center provide examinations, treatments, and care for fine art sculpture, decorative arts, and archaeological and ethnographic materials. In addition to performing in-laboratory conservation treatments, the conservators also conduct object-by-object condition surveys of museum collections and on-site indoor and outdoor sculpture work.

A wide variety of materials are found in the objects lab, including ceramic, glass, metal, painted and unpainted wood, gilding, leather, feathers, ivory, bone, fur, shell, plastics, and basketry materials. Conservation treatments can include cleaning, repair or reassembly, surface stabilization, cleaning, reversing old and disfiguring restorations, and compensation for losses.

Meet the Conservators

Ms. Emery joined MACC in 2013, coming from the Cincinnati Art Museum where she was responsible for the care and preservation of all three-dimensional objects.  Ms. Emery has extensive experience with ethnographic and archaeological materials, ceramics, lacquer, plasters, and the conservation of large scale contemporary sculpture.  She holds a Master of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation specializing in Objects from the State University College of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.  Ms. Emery is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic

Megan Emery, Chief Conservator and Senior Objects Conservator

Ms. Emery joined MACC in 2013, coming from the Cincinnati Art Museum where she was responsible for the care and preservation of all three-dimensional objects. Ms. Emery has extensive experience with ethnographic and archaeological materials, ceramics, lacquer, plasters, and the conservation of large scale contemporary sculpture. She holds a Master of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation specializing in Objects from the State University College of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Ms. Emery is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, Objects Specialty Group and Electronic Media. She is also a member of the International Institute for Conservation.
Ms. Grabow joined MACC in 2006, coming from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC. Prior to that, Nicole was a Mellon Fellow at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of the American Indian, located on the Washington DC Mall, and an intern at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She holds a Master of Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, specializing in Objects Conservation, and a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Ms. Grabow has particular interest in working with Native American communities and on public art projects. Ms. Grabow is a Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic

Nicole Grabow, Senior Objects Conservator and Preservation Conservator

Ms. Grabow joined MACC in 2006, coming from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC. Prior to that, Nicole was a Mellon Fellow at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of the American Indian, located on the Washington DC Mall, and an intern at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She holds a Master of Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, specializing in Objects Conservation, and a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Ms. Grabow has particular interest in working with Native American communities and on public art projects. Ms. Grabow is a Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works.
Ms. Murray joined MACC in 2017, coming from the Denver Art Museum where she worked with an encyclopedic collection of three-dimensional objects. Prior, she completed a Samuel H. Kress Foundation post-graduate fellowship and graduate internship at the Denver Art Museum, and graduate internships at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia and the Toledo Museum of Art. Ms. Murray has extensive experience with a wide range of structures and materials, ranging from archaeological artifacts to contemporary art. Courtney holds a Master of Science in Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Emory University. She is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic

Courtney Murray, Associate Objects Conservator

Ms. Murray joined MACC in 2017, coming from the Denver Art Museum where she worked with an encyclopedic collection of three-dimensional objects. Prior, she completed a Samuel H. Kress Foundation post-graduate fellowship and graduate internship at the Denver Art Museum, and graduate internships at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia and the Toledo Museum of Art. Ms. Murray has extensive experience with a wide range of structures and materials, ranging from archaeological artifacts to contemporary art. Courtney holds a Master of Science in Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Emory University. She is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, and Objects Specialty group.