AssOCIATE Conservator of Paintings & Program Manager
Bianca (she/her/hers) is an Associate Conservator of Paintings at BACC. She earned her Master of Science in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 2016 with a concentration in Paintings Conservation, and she received her B.A. in Art Conservation with a minor in Art History from the University of Delaware in 2007. Bianca came to San Diego and BACC in 2016 as a Mellon fellow in paintings conservation, and was permanently hired as Assistant Conservator of Paintings the following year. Prior to her time at BACC, Bianca completed internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, OH; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain; Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts in Denver, CO; the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico in San Juan, PR; the New Orleans Conservation Guild in New Orleans, LA; and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, LA.
She loves working in the dynamic environment that BACC provides, from treatment to collections care to program development. Most of her every day work entails the examination, condition assessment, and treatment of paintings and painted objects, such as polychromed sculptures. She also carries out technical examinations of artworks including examining paintings with infrared reflectography, X-radiography, and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy; and also assists in the teaching of workshops and lecture presentations to support collections care at other institutions. While Bianca considers herself a generalist and enjoys treating the wide range of paintings that come into BACC every day, she is particularly interested in pre-20th century paintings, Viceregal and Latin American art, and polychrome sculptures.
Outside of paintings conservation, Bianca is interested in increasing access to preservation services, education, and knowledge, and mentoring students and emerging conservation professionals. As a Latina born and raised in Puerto Rico, she is also invested in diversifying and increasing equity and representation in the field of art conservation and the communities we serve, and exploring culturally inclusive preservation practices. In addition to her work as a paintings conservator at BACC, she also serves as the Program Manager for the Andrew W. Mellon Opportunity for Diversity in Conservation, an initiative of the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage that supports funded opportunities for students interested in conservation who are from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in this field. Bianca is also a founding member of Materia: Journal of Technical History, a open-access peer-reviewed digital journal specializing in the material study of cultural heritage.
Read our "Five Questions" interview with Bianca here.