Grace completed a pre-program internship at Athena Art Conservation, a private practice focusing on paintings conservation in New York City. While in New York, she earned a B.A. in art history from Columbia University where she participated in two archaeological digs at Hadrian’s Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Rome. During one of the digs, she also completed the an Advanced Training workshop in the Restoration of Frescos. In addition, Grace was a conservator at Center Art Studio in New York treating both paintings and objects.