Drabiszczak, Mary Beth

Teaching Assistant
Art History

 Degree:

  • BFA in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2021)
  • Current MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Interests:

  • Cultural Heritage: Conservation, Restoration and Preservation
  • Materials and Techniques
  • 19th/20th c. Gilded Compo Frames
  • Soft Pastel; Pastel Painting
  • Traditions of All Prima/En Plein Air work
  • Intersections between Conservators, Curators, Art Historians and Artists

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Current Graduate Teaching Assistant (Fall 2021: ARTHIST 102 “Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture” Professor Sarah Schaefer)
  • PAFA High School After School Program - Assistant Instructor (Thursday afternoon Life Drawing Classes)
  • Internship with PAFA Paintings Conservator Mary McGinn
  • PAFA notetaker and classroom monitor
  • Kansas City Art Institute - Painting Department Technician; Writing Lab Tutor

Professional Organizations:

  • American Institute of Conservation (AIC) - Student Member (Groups: Book & Paper, Paintings, Research and Technical Studies, Wooden Artifacts)
  • American Alliance of Museums (AAM) - Student Member
  • Var Gallery (Milwaukee, WI) - current Artist-in-Residence
  • Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) - Creative Level Member
  • Wisconsin Plein Air Painter’s Association (WIPAPA)
  • Wisconsin Pastel Artists
  • Pastel Society of America - Associate Member

Relevant Studies/Coursework:

  • Charles Douglas Gilding Studio (online class - Zoom) - "Introduction to Gold Leaf Restoration for Gilded Frames and Furniture” (2021)
  • The South African Institute for Heritage Science & Conservation (online distance study course) - "Bridging to Chemistry for Conservation" with Dr. Christian Dreyer (2020)
  • Studio Arts College International - "Beginning 1 Conservation" with Dr. Roberta Lapucci (2018)
  • MIAD pre-college student (2016, 2017)