Feature Story When Meaghan Monaghan (’07) began her studies in biology at Mount Allison, she never thought she would end up working and learning in the art conservation lab of the University’s Owens Art Gallery. But fate stepped in and Monaghan, now a Fine Art conservator and framer at Walter’s Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, earned her Master’s in Art Conservation from Queen’s University and has gone on to work at noted museums and galleries around the world. “I moved to Fine Arts after my first year and was first introduced to the Owens during a printmaking class with Dan Steeves (’81),” says Monaghan. “I remember thinking as we went through the art vault and conservation lab in the basement, ‘This is like a science lab with art in it...’ I connected with (fine art conservator) Jane Tisdale (’89) and ended up working there throughout my degree.” Lab experience is a pre-requisite for graduate work in Art Conservation and the Gallery’s art conservation lab can provide this to students who are interested in pursuing their studies. 2 3 The Art of Cons Art conservation consists of many tasks, including treating and restoring damaged artwork, examining, photographing and documenting works of art, and monitoring the environment. With over 3,000 works in the Owens vaults, it is no small endeavour. Many Allisonians working in art conservation and related fields can trace their experience back to the Owens, BY LAURA DILLMAN RIPLEY 1. Aja Cooper (’12) cleaning a section of an outdoor sculpture by Anne Kahane 2. Emily Ricketts (’12) photographs a sculptural relief work by Canadian artist David Partridge 24 / THE RECORD / Winter 2015 1 3. Amy-Lynn Kitchen (’09), centre, talks to visitors about an inscription on the reverse side of a print during an open house at the Owens Art Gallery