Carol A. Grissom
Senior Objects Conservator
E-mail Address: GrissomC [at] si.edu
Museum Conservation Institute
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746
B.A. Wellesley College (1970)
M.A. Oberlin College (1974)
Research Specialties and Interests
Technical study and conservation treatment of plaster, stone, and metal artifacts, particularly sculpture
Recent Research Activities
Technical study of historical research into the zinc statuettes of the nineteenth-century Philadelphia gas fixture company, Cornelius & Baker
Past Research Activities
technical study and conservation treatment of ancient plaster statues from ‘Ain Ghazal, Jordan
Book review editor for Studies in Conservation; member International Institute for Conservation, American Institute for Conservation, ICOM, and the DC Association for Preservation Technology
Awards, Honors and Special Recognitions
J. Paul Getty Paired Fellow for Research in Conservation and the History of Art and Archaeology for a project entitled “The influence of Berlin on outdoor zinc sculpture in northern Europe and the United States,” Center for Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (April-July 2002)
Zinc Sculpture in America: 1850 to 1950 (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009)
“Red Staining on Marble: Biological or Inorganic Origin?” (coauthored with Claire Gervais, Nicole C. Little, Genevieve Bieniosek, and Robert J. Speakman), APT Bulletin (forthcoming).
“Imitation-Bronze Paints on American Zinc Sculpture” (coauthored with Abigail Mack, Mel Wachowiak, and Genevieve Bieniosek), preprints for METALS 2010, Charleston, 2010 (forthcoming).
“The Zinc Statuettes of Cornelius and Baker,” Winterthur Portfolio, forthcoming.