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Museum Internship Program

Alisson Loewen with gold object, Sican Museum.

Internships available in 2013 click here

For the televenth consecutive year, the U.S. Embassy in Lima is undertaking a series of programs to support cultural preservation under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Cultural Patrimony between Peru and the United States. In support of the MOU, the Embassy promotes an internship program for American graduate students of museum studies and conservation programs to be held from July through August 2013

The objective of this program is to enable well-qualified graduate students the opportunity to do field research in Lima and Lambayeque. It will also support museums that house rich art collections, but are greatly in need of skilled professionals.

These internships will provide an excellent opportunity for Peruvian and American colleagues to exchange ideas on new techniques related to conservation, marketing, and exhibition planning, with long-term possibilities for collaboration. Please find more information here. (PDF 1.07MB)

Promoting Culture

Since 1997, when the United States and Peru signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Preservation of Cultural Patrimony, the U.S. Embassy has engaged in various programs aimed at assisting the Government of Peru in its efforts to preserve its cultural patrimony.

Previous experiences include:

Restoring Colonial Paintings

Gabriel Dunn and Suzanne Morris worked this year on the restoration of two colonial paintings in the Monastery of Santa Teresa during July and August.

Suzanne Morris restored a 17th century canvas titled The Holy Trinity and the Revelation of St. Augustine and Gabriel and a 18th century painting titled “The Virgin Santa Teresa Carmen”. According to Suzanne, the overall condition of the painting she was working on was poor. There were multiple areas of loss and tears to the canvas, flaking and tinting of the paint, and failing tear repairs with darkening overpaint. The surface contained an amber brown stain along it right and left side as well as a heavy layer of dirt and grime. Please refer to the attached condition map (powerpoint) for the location of structural conditions.

Gabriel Dunn’s painting was in fair to poor condition overall, presenting dirt, grime, and holes. The painting had been removed from its original structure and folded multiple times.

Suzanne Morris is currently enrolled in the Getty Conservation Masters program at UCLA. Gabriel Dunn is studying a Master of Arts in Art Conservation at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State College Buffalo, N.Y.

Cataloguing at the Sican Museum

Amanda Gannaway did an internship at the Sican Museum: “My role in the Project as Cataloger entailed selecting unregistered items from the collection to be cataloged and creating a ficha (record) or catalog entry describing the physical qualities of each.

The fichas used by the Museum record measurements (weight, various dimensions depending on form and Munsell color codes), a verbal description of the ancient manufacturing techniques employed in the artifact’s creation, a detailed narrative account of decorative and iconographic characteristics, the state of the object’s conservation and also include various photographs.

Through the process of composing and reviewing each entry with Museum Curator Victor Curay, I improved my language skills and learned an enormous amount about Andean ceramics in general. During my time at the Museum I also participated in discussions regarding the establishment of lexical and formatting standards as well as general organizational tactics for the storage facility.”

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