Tharron Bloomfield named Mellon Foundation Conservation Resident

Starting October 1st 2012, Tharron Bloomfield will join UCLA as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservation Resident for two years. Tharron will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies, providing instruction in that department as well as in the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation. Tharron specializes in indigenous material culture, emphasizing ways to combine his own Maori perspective with preservation practices. He will be working closely with faculty mentors to develop materials and skills for teaching and on select research projects.

Tharron will provide lectures and practical exercises in conservation and preservation courses during the first year, as well as offering select lectures and two-to-four week teaching activities at partnering conservation programs in North America. He will design and deliver courses in conservation and preservation during the second year. Tharron will also co-organize the professional programs for the April 2013 and 2014 Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation in Los Angeles and Buffalo, respectively.

A warm welcome is extended by Information Studies Chair Prof. Greg Leazer, and Chair Prof. Ioanna Kakoulli and Principal Investigator Prof. Ellen Pearlstein on behalf of UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation, with special thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their continued support of conservation and preservation education.


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Updated: 5/9/14