Carol A. Grissom

Senior Objects Conservator


Phone: 301-238-1236
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: GrissomC [at]

Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution
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

Professional Activities

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)

Recent Publications

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.