Graduate Student Magdalena Solano is BACC'S 2021 Paintings Summer Intern
Magdalena in her own words-
As a Southern California native, I was fortunate enough to have opportunities with excellent mentors where I gained conservation experience with a variety of materials in various museums and private practices in Los Angeles. My pre-program experiences include working as an objects conservation assistant for the J. Paul Getty Museum, a paintings conservation technician for Tatyana M. Thompson & Associates, a textile conservation intern for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and an objects conservation technician for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. In 2015, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History with departmental honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to conservation, I worked for various galleries and museums where I was able to gain experience in museum marketing, education, art handling, installation, curatorial research, visitor services, and art sales.
On a more personal note, I am a first-generation resident and college student. My Latinx background, identity, and culture is something that I hold close to my heart. As a result, I have been involved in groups and projects that focuses on racial justice and advocacy for underrepresented groups. Currently I have been able to combine my passions as a volunteer for APOYOnline, a non-profit organization that promotes communication, exchange, and professional development in the field of heritage preservation in the Americas and in Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries. I am currently also assisting in a project with mural conservator Kiernan Graves on completing research on Chicano murals in Santa Barbara, California. Read more about this project by clicking here. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and spending time with my dog, Pooka, and cat, Luna.