KARISSA L BAILEY

Baton Rouge, LA | C: +1 225 249 6938 | karissalbailey@gmail.com

 

Summary

Educational background in Chemistry and Art history with an emphasis on Art Conservation. Significant amount of conservation experience coupled with customer/administrative skills.  Conservation experience in variety of mediums, focus on Fine arts (antique frames and oil paintings). 

 

Education

Certificate, Art Conservation, 2013

Studio Art Centers International – Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Archeology: Estruscan Vessels documentation, cleaning, reassembly, and infilling.

Murals: process of different mural techniques (fresco, buon fresco, fresco-secco), cleaning, detachment (strappo, stucco), infills, and retouching (undertone, tratteggio).

Paintings: cleaning and removing retouchings based on Teas test and following diagnostic results of Multilayer UV fluorescence of Antonio Bellucci’s ‘Ecce Homo.’

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry and Art History, 2012

University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC, USA Cum Laude

General Chemistry degree excelling in physical chemistry. Focus on instrumental analysis techniques’ theory. 

General Art history plus special topics focus on historical analysis of art     

and science’s inherent interconnectedness; special topics on painting conservation.

Summer Program - Figure and Still Life Painting, 2011

International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture – Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy

Summer painting classes in still life, plein air, and figures.        

 

Experience

Art Conservator - Contractor May 2016 to Present

Frames and Paintings --Swansea, SC/New Orleans, LA

Crawford Conservation, Inc:  Providing conservation treatments to antique frames, similar techniques done listed under Pennsylvania Art Conservatory.  Providing assistance in the treatment of fine art paintings consistent with the most current conservation techniques.  -- Contact person for New Orleans area -- 

Art Conservator Aug 2014 to May 2016

Pennsylvania Art Conservatory-- Philadelphia, PA

Frame conservation: Cleaning and removal of previous restoration (Lestoil, Ammonia/Water solution, Diacetone Alcohol, Acetone). Stabilization of joints and ornamentations. Molds to rebuild ornamentations, rebuilding by hand (Epoxy Putty). Matching/toning for cohesive appearance (use of gilt cream, gilt varnish, acrylics, oils).  Experience with re-gilding entirely and locally (oil and water).

Paintings: Assisting when necessary in cleaning, consolidating, lining, de-backing, fills, retouching, varnishing, etc. 

Framing: Fit up pieces properly with corresponding frames. Experience with museum glass, antique glass, plexiglass, mylar barriers, hinging to matboards, acid free materials, etc.

Visitor Services Representative  Sept 2013 to July 2014

Shift Manager Feb 2014 to July 2014

The Kentucky Science Center – Louisville, KY

Customer service: admissions desk, aiding theater guests, concessions, school lunches, answering questions regarding science and the museum workings.  Selling memberships, upselling special events, creating spreadsheets, answering/returning phone calls, booking field trips, registering camps and classes, email correspondence with patrons, check-in at special events, etc. Ran the Fund for the Arts campaign within the business establishment.

Assistant Art Conservator/Technician Dec 2011 to Sept 2012

Art Conservation Intern Jan 2011 to Dec 2011

Crawford Conservation, Inc– Swansea, SC

Main project: Restored and conserved a 19th century painting that had structural and aesthetic problems including intensive cleaning (removal of adhesive along with grime, dirt and aged varnish), consolidation, tear mending/inserts, reattaching large area of paint/ground layers, and in-painting. Began as an intern and moved to a paid position assisting in art conservation: thorough documentation (written and pictorial), cleaning, removal of Masonite from reverse of paintings, mending tears, lining, strip-lining, in-painting, proper storage of paintings, etc. Experience with chemical cleaning treatments (acetone, natural enzymes, etc.), hot table, vacuum seals, PVA adhesives, BEVA solution and film; physical, chemical and aesthetic treatments.

Volunteer “Colloseum Conservation” Oct 2011

South Carolina State Museum – Columbia, SC

Aiding Tony Rajer in restoring L.C. Carson’s miniature concrete city; cleaning.

Antique Show July 2011

South Carolina State Museum – Columbia, SC

Participating with Crawford Conservation’s stand to allow people with antiques to come ask questions and hear observations of history and state of conservation of their pieces.

Directed Independent Study – Diagnostics Jan 2013 to Apr 2013

ArtTest– Florence, Italy

Learning and executing the different non-invasive diagnostic techniques for cultural heritage, such as Multilayer UV fluorescence and IRR