Established in 2012, the Conservation Department collaborates with colleagues in the archive, curatorial, facilities, imaging and registration departments to ensure the long-term preservation of the Center's collections. The department's primary activities include preventive conservation, research, and conservation treatment. The department also contributes to the education and training of emerging photograph conservators by offering graduate-level internships.
The conservation department is led by Jennifer Jae Gutierrez, the Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator. Jae earned a Master of Science degree from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) specializing in photograph conservation. Prior to joining the Center's staff she taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses for the University of Delaware's Art Conservation Department for eight years, and for four of those years served as interim/associate director of WUDPAC.
With Debra Hess Norris she edited Issues in the Conservation of Photographs published by the Getty Conservation Institute in 2010. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and currently serves as the publications committee coordinator for AIC's Photographic Materials Group (PMG).