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Emily S. Hamilton

Emily S. Hamilton, M.A.

Assistant Professor
(716) 878-5025
Campus Address: Rockwell Hall 230


M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation, Buffalo State College
B.A., Art History, Reed College

Emily Hamilton comes to Buffalo from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she was the Associate Objects Conservator. During her five years at SFMOMA, she contributed to a collaborative museum structure where stewardship and research endeavors are centered around the voices of living artists. Emily supported the successful installation of SFMOMA’s new building and collections move and completed treatment and research projects on kinetic works by Rebecca Horn, bronze sculptures by Jean (Hans) Arp, and a monumental wooden sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard. She also supervised collaborative research projects with graduate students on works by Robert Rauschenberg and Neri Oxman. Previously, she was the Assistant Objects Conservator at the Saint Louis Museum of Art and the Samuel H. Kress Sculpture and Media Conservation Research Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art. Emily earned a B.A. in Art History from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College. She served as the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Objects Specialty Group Postprints editor for eight years. Emily has presented her research nationally and internationally and is passionate about moving the field of conservation forward. 

A selection of her recent research includes:

  • “Rapid Prototype Conservation: A Collaborative Approach,” with C. Richeson (presenter), American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting, General Session, Uncasville, 2019 
  • “Considerations of Patina, Historical Record, and Decision-Making in the Conservation of Jean (Hans) Arp’s Bronzes,” ‘The Nature of Arp’ Symposium, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, 2018  
  • “Reprinting as a Conservation Strategy: Collecting Additive Manufactured Works at SFMOMA,” ‘Future Talks: Visions. Innovations in Technology and Conservation of the Modern’ Conference; Die Neue Sammlung, article included in conference Postprints, Munich, 2017 
  • “The Treatment and Installation of a Monumental Cedar Sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard,” American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting, Objects Specialty Group Session, article included in session Postprints, Montreal, 2017 
  • “Issues in the Conservation of Contemporary Art,” WUDPAC Student’s Choice Lecture, Wilmington, 2017 |
  • “Philosophical and Practical Considerations in the Installation, Re-treatment, and Storage of a Rubber Sculpture by Richard Serra,” American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting, General Session, Miami, 2015 
  • “Source Identification of Mesoamerican Obsidian using X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry,” with J. Ferguson, American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting, Poster, Miami, 2015 
  • “Stable Isotope Analysis of the White Marble Sculptures from the Saint Louis Art Museum,” with L.A. Cakmak (presenter) and S. Pike,” Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity XI Conference, Split, Croatia, 2015 
  • “Negotiating Obsolescence in a Functional Media Sculpture: Nam June Paik’s Untitled (Piano),” American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting, Poster, Indianapolis, 2013 
  • “The Analysis and Treatment of Food Artifacts,” The Association for North American Graduate Programs in Conservation (ANAGPIC) Conference, University of Delaware, Wilmington, 2011 

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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