The paper conservators of the Midwest Art Conservation Center have over 33 years of professional expertise in examining and treating the entire range of works on paper including works of art, historical documents, and three-dimensional objects.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. In addition to performing in-laboratory conservation treatments, the conservators also conduct object-by-object condition surveys of museum collections.
In most works on paper, image and support are inextricably bound together. It is also essential to identify and understand the context of the work through careful examination of and research into materials, techniques, and artist’s intent. The character and condition of the paper are critical to the condition of the artifact as a whole. The intimate relationship between image and support strongly influences the direction of conservation treatment. Defined in part by the nature and quality of the materials used in its construction, a work on paper is also acted upon by outside factors such as storage and handling, environmental conditions, and prior interventions. Recognizing the causes of structural and cosmetic problems is an important part of determining the proper course of treatment for a work on paper. MACC paper conservators understand these variables and are committed to providing treatments that are tailored to each individual piece and adhere to the AIC Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Meet the Conservators
Elizabeth Buschor, Senior Paper Conservator
Ms. Buschor joined MACC in 1989. She has exceptional training and experience in the conservation of works on paper, artistic and historic. Before joining MACC, Elizabeth was an Associate Paper Conservator at The Detroit Institute of Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree and Certificate for Advanced Study in the Conservation of Fine Art and Historical Works specializing in works of art on paper from the State University College of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Arts in Art History specializing in Italian art from the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Ms. Buschor also has significant and specific training and experience in the conservation of Japanese works on paper. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works with a membership in the Book and Paper, and Photographic Materials Specialty Groups.
Dianna Clise, 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)
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.