CHRISTINA L. SIMMS
In 2016, Christina L. Simms joined the McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc. team as a Conservator of Sculpture and Objects and as the Assistant Conservation Projects Manager. This employment immediately followed her second post-graduate year as the Engen Research Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and a previous post-graduate year in conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Christina was awarded a Masters Degree and Certification of Advanced Studies in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College with a specialization in objects conservation. She has experience treating a large variety of artifacts, ranging from small decorative and historic objects to outdoor bronze sculpture to large composite spacecraft. Her areas of interest include coatings for outdoor works of art, modern materials, metal corrosion treatments, and issues with aluminum.
As an undergraduate, Christina attended the University of Delaware, completing her internship requirements in the paintings conservation lab at the Wintherthur Museum and subsequently in the conservation lab at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Material Culture Preservation and Art History with a minor in Studio Art in 2009.
At the Buffalo Bill Center of the West she continued to work as a conservation technician and project manager for emergency and disaster planning for cultural institutions in the Wyoming region. After the position ended, she interned at the Intermuseum Conservation Association’s Laboratory (ICA) in Cleveland, Ohio and at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC before she was accepted into the art conservation graduate program at Buffalo State College.
She completed a graduate school summer internship at McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc. and another at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). At NASM, she completed a condition survey of over 300 aluminum spacesuit gloves wrist disconnects and characterized the metal corrosion.
Christina spent her graduate school third year internship in the Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation Lab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, performing treatments on Chinese ceramics, firearms, and laser-cleaning of copper-alloy sculpture.
After graduation, she moved across the country for a research internship at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She assisted with studies for coatings for Boulle marquetry, tested wax coatings for outdoor bronze sculpture, and performed the treatment and technical study of Figure for Landscape 1960 by Barbara Hepworth.
In 2015, she returned to the NASM for a research fellowship investigating commercially available corrosion inhibitor compounds for the treatment of aluminum artifacts before starting a permanent position at McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc.
Treatment and protection of metals and modern composite material objects
Material research and technical studies
Digital documentation techniques
Material research and technical studies
Social media and blogging platforms
October 2016- Present: Conservator of Sculpture and Objects / Assistant Conservation Projects Manager McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory Inc., Oberlin, OH
PAST POSITIONS IN CONSERVATION
October 2015-September 2016: Engen Research Fellow
National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, VA
September 2014-August 2015: Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation Intern
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
GRADUATE INTERNSHIPS IN CONSERVATION
September 2013-August 2014: Decorative Arts and Sculpture Conservation Intern
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Summer 2013: Research Project Intern National Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, VA
Summer 2012: Conservation Intern McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc., Oberlin, OH
2011-2014: Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
Masters and Certification of Advanced Studies in Art Conservation
2008-2009: University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Bachelors of Arts in Material Culture Preservation and Art History and minor in Studio Art
2006-2008: Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, OH
Studied Visual Arts Education, Art History, and Studio Art (degree not taken)
2003-2006: Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH
Associate of Arts in Teacher Education
Heignbotham, Arlen et al. “An Evaluation of Protective Coatings for Brass in Indoor Environments, with an Emphasis on Boulle Marquetry” ResearchGate. J. Paul Getty Museum. November 2014. Paper.
Wolfe, Julie and Christina L. Simms. “Treatment and technical examination of Barbara Hepworth’s Figure for Landscape” J. Paul Getty Museum. 2014. Publication pending.
Christina Simms, Aaron Shugar, Jennifer Mass, and Catherine Matsen (2013), “XRF Measurement Errors in Ancient and Historic Silver Alloy Analysis: First Attempts at Quantification,” Metal 2013, Triennial conference of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation Metal Working Group, Edinburgh, Scotland. Poster.
Lisa Young, Christina Simms, and Aaron Shugar (2013), “Investigations into the Characterization and Source of Corrosion on Anodized Aluminum Alloy Wrist Disconnects of Spacesuit Gloves at the National Air and Space Museum,” Metal 2013, Triennial conference of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation Metal Working Group, Edinburgh, Scotland. Poster.