Conservation can be a career choice that many may not even know exists, so our staff jump at opportunities to speak with students of all ages about this unique, rewarding and hands-on profession. Most recently BACC's Associate Conservator of Paper Sara Bisi did just this after being invited to talk with the "ART-104 Artists and Designers Today" class at El Cajon's Grossmont College this November.
The course "examines the wide variety of formats that contemporary artists work in today. It is an overview of current practice and enables students to gain insight into art, design, craft and new genre disciplines, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, furniture design, photography, fibers, ceramics, metalwork, installation, performance, street art and multimedia. Students will be introduced to ways in which visual culture is contextualized, theorized, and displayed through curatorial studies as well as social media. Students will be exposed to course content through lecture, visiting artists talks, readings, and visits to local galleries and museums."
Bisi talked about what it is like to be a paper conservator and the path she took to become one. She gave a quick presentation to introduce the field of conservation and Chris Lahti, the professor of the course, led a follow up conversation and Q&A session. Sara noted that the "students asked really great questions about conservation and got into a bit of discussion about the ups and downs of gaining experience, successes, roadblocks, and educational opportunities for anyone just starting out."
BACC staff regularly present to smaller groups such as professional or volunteer organizations, continuing education students, museum docents, and more. Follow this link to learn more about what we can offer your group or class!