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Paper Conservation

MACC paper conservators are experienced in examining and treating artwork on paper including fine art, historical documents, and three-dimensional objects. The conservators treat works ranging from early Renaissance prints and drawings to modern and contemporary works of art. Works come to the Paper Conservation Laboratory that have been executed using a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel, iron gall ink, printing inks, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paint. Paper conservation treatments vary with the individual needs of the artwork, but can include dry cleaning techniques, tear mending, backing removal, stain reduction, humidification and flattening, and rehousing. In addition to performing in-laboratory conservation treatments, the conservators also conduct object-by-object condition surveys of museum collections.

Meet the Conservators

Ms. Clise began at MACC in 2007 after completing an internship at Tate Britain in London, England. Ms. Clise earned her Masters in Art Conservation with a specialization in paper objects from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and her Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in anthropology and cultural studies from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. In addition, Ms. Clise interned at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, and at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Ms. Clise worked as a book and paper conservation technician at Etherington Conservation Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is an Associate Member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic

Dianna Clise, Senior Paper Conservator

Ms. Clise began at MACC in 2007 after completing an internship at Tate Britain in London, England. Ms. Clise earned her Masters in Art Conservation with a specialization in paper objects from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and her Bachelor of Arts, Honours, in anthropology and cultural studies from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. In addition, Ms. Clise interned at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, and at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Ms. Clise worked as a book and paper conservation technician at Etherington Conservation Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is an Associate Member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works with memberships in the Book and Paper and the Photographic Materials Specialty Groups, and she is also a member of the Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC/ACCR) and the Institute of Conservation (ICON)
Ms. Sorokin came to MACC after completing the Craigen W. Bowen Fellowship in Paper Conservation at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. She completed graduate internships at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum and has experience working with a variety of works on paper. In addition to her museum experience, she has also worked with the library collections of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the University of Virginia and Northwestern University. She holds a Master of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation specializing in works on paper from the State University of New York at Buffalo State and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is an Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Liz Sorokin, Associate Paper Conservator

Ms. Sorokin came to MACC after completing the Craigen W. Bowen Fellowship in Paper Conservation at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. She completed graduate internships at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Saint Louis Art Museum and has experience working with a variety of works on paper. In addition to her museum experience, she has also worked with the library collections of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the University of Virginia and Northwestern University. She holds a Master of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation specializing in works on paper from the State University of New York at Buffalo State and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.