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Current Initiatives

Below is a list of the department's current initiatives. For information on how to give online or by mail, please visit our support us page.

Grace Walters working in the paper lab

Linton Vincent Tuition Scholarship Fund

Colleges across the country and going through a very difficult time and while Buffalo State has been very generous in helping to support our students with tuition scholarships for the past 10 years, this funding is now being cut. Without full tuition scholarships, our students will have large tuition bills that they are responsible for. The Linton Vincent fund was set up to help students with this pressing need. All funds will go towards student tuition costs so they will not have to take out loans to cover this increasing expense.

Chris Tahk speaks at naming ceremony

F. Christopher Tahk Fellowship Endowment

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 specialized studies undertaken throughout the year. Preference is given to conservation activities taking place at cultural institutions in Western New York, the conservation of historical objects, and the sciences. Unfortunately, Chris passed away in December 2020, but we are proud to carry on his legacy of raising funds to support our graduate students.

Student working in paintings conservation lab

50th Anniversary Graduate Student Fellowship Fund

Our students depend on their fellowships to support their studies and it is our goal to fully fund them through the department's graduate student fellowship endowment. This fund was set up to honor the department’s 50th anniversary in 2020 and solely supports graduate student fellowships that we are continuing to raise funds for.

BIPOC fund

BIPOC Pre-Program Fund

The Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Pre-program Fund was established to help with program application fees, pre-program initiatives such as travel for interviews, or requests to fund conservation-related opportunities (internship travel or workshop registration fees), plus develop future pre-program experiences.

Dan Kushel

Dan Kushel Fellowship Fund

In honor of Dan Kushel's 34 years of teaching in our department as a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Examination & Documentation, this 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.

Students shaping logs

Department Contributions Account

A general fund where the department can decide where the funding is most needed whether it be for student fellowships, specialized student travel, tuition, or pressing equipment needs.

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Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 230 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5025 •  Fax: (716) 878-5039