Patrick Ravines became the director of Buffalo State’s renowned Art Conservation Department in July 2010. Ravines is the fourth director of the art conservation program since its founding in 1970.
Ravines has more than 25 years of experience as a conservator, researcher, and administrator. Before coming to Buffalo State, he served as senior project conservator and research fellow at the George Eastman House (GEH) International Museum of Photography and Film, where he worked with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in a collaborative program to study the deterioration of daguerreotypes using advanced electron and optical imaging techniques.
Prior to his position at GEH, Ravines was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation in Rochester, and, for more than a decade, chief of the Conservation Office at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel. He holds advanced degrees in chemistry (University of Wisconsin), library science, and library and archives conservation (Columbia University).