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The Museum Conservation Institute - Staff


Hanna Szczepanowska

Hanna Szczepanowska

Research Conservator

 

Phone: 301-238-1232
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: SzczepanowskaH [at] si.edu

Address:
Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746


Education

Ph.D. University of Lyon, France (2012)

Masters degree in Conservation of Art and Archival Material on paper, parchment and leather, University of Nicolaus Copernicus, Torun, Poland (1978)

Additional course work
Ancient Metals Identification Course; Prof. Scott David, UCLA, CA
Wood Identification Course; Prof. Hoadley, Amherst University, UMASS
Mosaic Conservation Workshop, Olympia, Greece; Archetype International Projects
Glass Conservation; Conservator Steven Koob, Archetype International Projects, Florida
Campbell Center, course on Material Characterization Tests for Objects

Research Specialties and Interests

Interest area in technical collections, history of materials and technology, materials behavior in museum  environment. Research specialties include analysis of microbiological effect on artifacts, fungi induced staining and fumigation. Other ongoing research includes studies of space heritage artifacts.

Recent Research Activities

Current research is focused on evaluation of fumigation and anoxia on cultural heritage collections and mitigation of visual alterations of artifacts caused by fungi. That and other projects utilize micro-fadometer, colorimetric  and mechanical tests of materials . On-going assistance to other Smithsonian units includes environmental monitoring of entomological collections at  NMNH.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Conservation; George Washington University, Washington DC ; Museum Study and Anthropology, graduate level. (2001-2006)

Microbiological Deterioration of Collections; Art Conservation Program, Buffalo NY; 2- days seminar. (2010)

Awards

Fulbright,  Council of International Exchange of Scholars, 1990 and 2000-01, to assist museums  in Malta and Egypt with developing a systematic approach  to collections’ care.

Recent Publications

  • H. Szczepanowska, "Space Technology - Vanguard I, Explorer 7 and GRAB" – Materials and Museum Concerns”, Chapter 36, pp.633-656, in: "Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage", Ann Darrin, Beths L.O’Leary (Eds). Published by CRC Press, Francis & Taylor Group, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4200-8431-3
  • H. Szczepanowska, "CORONA KH-4B Preservation of Reconnaissance Space Artifacts: A Case Study" - Chapter 35, pp.657-678, in: “Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage; Ann Darrin, Beths L.O’Leary (Eds). Published by CRC Press, Francis & Taylor Group, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4200-8431-3.
  • H. Szczepanowska, A. Ralph Cavaliere, “Tutankhamen tomb – A Closer Look at Biodeterioration, Preliminary Report”, pp.42-47, in: Schimmel –Gefahr fur Mensh und Kultur durch Microorganismen;  Fungi, A threat for People and Cultural Heritage through Micro-Organisms, A.Rauch, S.Miklin-Kniefacz, A.Harmsse (Eds.). Published by Thesis, Verband der Restauratoren, 2005, ISBN 3- 8062-1925-7
  • H. Szczepanowska, A. R. Cavaliere, “Drawings, Prints and Documents–Fungi Eat Them All!” pp.128- 151, in: Art, Biology, and Conservation of Works of Art: Biodeterioration of Works of Art. R. Koestler, V. Koestler, A.E. Charola, F.Nieto-Fernandez (Eds.). Published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003, ISBN 1-58839-107-8

 

Book Chapters

Charola, A. E., Wachowiak, Melvin J., Webb, E. K., Grissom, Carol A., Vicenzi, Edward P., Chong, Wang, Szczepanowska, Hanna and DePriest, Paula T. Developing a Methodology to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Biocide 12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, Columbia University, New York, 2012 2014 1 10 ICOMOS-ISCS

Szczepanowska, Hanna and Cavaliere, A. R. Johanning, Eckardt, Morey, Philip R. and Auger, Pierre L. Conserving Our Cultural Heritage: The Role of Fungi in Biodeterioration Bioaerosols: The Proceedings of the 6th International Scientific Conference on Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria, Mycotoxins in Indoor and Outdoor Environments and Human Health, September 6-9, 2011, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA 2012 293 309 Fungal Research Group Foundation, Inc Albany

Szczepanowska, Hanna and Mathia, Thomas G. Space Heritage: The Apollo Heat Shield; Atmospheric Reentry Imprint on Materials' Surface Materials Research Symposium Proceedings 2011

Books

Szczepanowska, Hanna M. Conservation of cultural heritage : key principles and approaches 2013 xivi, 317 plates Routledge New York

Journal Articles

Charola, A. E., Wachowiak, Melvin J., Webb, E. K., Grissom, Carol A., Vicenzi, Edward P., Chong, Wang, Szczepanowska, Hanna and DePriest, Paula T. Developing a Methodology to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Biocide 12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, Columbia University, New York, 2012 2014 1 10 ICOMOS-ISCS

Szczepanowska, Hanna and Cavaliere, A. R. Johanning, Eckardt, Morey, Philip R. and Auger, Pierre L. Conserving Our Cultural Heritage: The Role of Fungi in Biodeterioration Bioaerosols: The Proceedings of the 6th International Scientific Conference on Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria, Mycotoxins in Indoor and Outdoor Environments and Human Health, September 6-9, 2011, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA 2012 293 309 Fungal Research Group Foundation, Inc Albany

Szczepanowska, Hanna and Mathia, Thomas G. Space Heritage: The Apollo Heat Shield; Atmospheric Reentry Imprint on Materials' Surface Materials Research Symposium Proceedings 2011