The Patricia and Richard Garman Art Conservation Department has been awarded a generous $1.25 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bolster graduate student fellowships. To meet the challenge, the college is charged with raising $750,000 by June 2017. The resulting $2 million fund will ensure continuous fellowship support for talented students entering this rigorous and competitive program.
Chris Tahk's primary focus while Director (1983-2004) was his graduate student's welfare and the program's ability to provide the necessary financial support to make it possible for students to study without financial constraints.
The Tahk fellowship supports summer conservation projects and/or for specialized studies undertaken throughout the year. Preference is given to conservation activities taking place at cultural institutions in Western New York, and those involving the conservation and/or technical study of historical objects, including, though not exclusively, clocks, watches, and other mechanical devices and instruments employed in surveying, navigation, engineering, and the sciences.
In honor of Dan Kushel's 34 years of teaching in our department as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Examination & Documentation
The Dan Kushel fellowship is used to support one or more graduate students in the Patricia and Richard Garman Art Conservation Department, particularly to students with a specific interest in the area of technical examination and documentation.
Now that our third-floor space is complete, we are making plans to renovate the second and first-floor spaces to repurpose them for conservation science and objects conservation.
A general fund where the department can decide where the funding is most needed whether it be for student fellowships, specialized student or professional faculty travel, or pressing equipment needs.