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Campus Address: Rockwell Hall 230
M.A., Art Conservation, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
B.F.A., Fine Arts, University of Ottawa
Fiona Beckett is the Assistant Professor of Paintings Conservation and joined the Garman Art Conservation Department in January 2018. Fiona received her Masters of Art Conservation with a Specialization in Paintings Conservation from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and received an Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa. From 2014 to 2017, Fiona was the Clowes Conservator of Paintings at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields (IMA) where she focused on the conservation of the Clowes Collection of European old master paintings. She conducted imaging, scientific and technical analyses of the paintings including works by Titian, Tintoretto, El Greco, Corneille de Lyon, Lorrain, Reynolds, Bellini among others. Fiona also conducted treatments of paintings on panel, canvas, and copper, including works by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger, Jan Breughel the Elder, and Jacopo Zucchi. She also developed the Conservation in Clowes exhibition series (2014-2017) which highlighted conservation treatments in the galleries including paintings by Jacopo Zucchi, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger, and Neroccio de Landi. She also helped establish the conservation imaging suite and equipment. Prior to her position at the IMA, Fiona was the Director’s Trust Fellow in Paintings Conservation at the National Gallery of Canada focusing on 19th-century European paintings treatment including that of Thomas Couture, Gustave Dore, and Robert C. Todd. Her largescale Couture treatment of Supper After the Masked Ball became a Masterpiece in Focus exhibition in the gallery highlighting both the artist’s working process and her conservation treatment. Fiona has held contracts and internships at the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Glenbow Museum as well as in private practice. She speaks French, German and some Italian. While at Buffalo State College, Fiona has published several technical studies of old master paintings for the Clowes Catalogue Project. She embarked on a collaborative effort with the Memorial Art Gallery to bring Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Man in an Armchair to the Garman Art Conservation Department to conduct a thorough technical analysis and involved other faculty and students in the process. Concurrent to her interest in old master paintings, Fiona is researching contemporary artist paints. In particular, she is looking at problems associated with fluorescent paint used in artworks and has recently published an article regarding a treatment involving these materials in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.
Fiona actively collaborates with local institutions including the Memorial Art Gallery, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo History Museum, the Burchfield Penny, among others regarding research and paintings treatments. While she actively oversees the numerous paintings treatments of her students, Fiona also committed to conducting treatments herself. Her most recent treatment is a largescale 19th-century painting by American artist Ridgway Knight entitled Springtime, owned by the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Fiona is a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation.
A selection of her recent research includes:
F. Beckett, A. Shugar, R. Ploeger, J. Chen, A Closer Look at School of Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Man in an Armchair at the Memorial Art Gallery, American Institute for Conservation – 48th Annual Conference, Salt Lake City. May 19-23. 2020
F. Beckett, G. Smith, Restoring a “broken” tulip: analysis-informed conservation treatment of Ambrosius Bosschaert’s 17th century floral still life. Conservation 360. Vol 2. Diagnosis Before, During, After. 2020.
F. Beckett, A. Holden, G.D. Smith, Seeing the Light: Research, Conservation and Exhibition of a 1980s Daylight Fluorescent Painted Leather Jacket Designed by Sprouse and Painted by Castronovo. Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. Vol. 58. Issue 4. 2019.
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