Tatiana Ausema

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Washington, DC
Tatiana graduated from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program in Art Conservation in 2003 specializing in paintings and modern materials. Since then, she has worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden as conservator and researcher studying improved approaches to cleaning and protecting that museum’s renowned collection of Color Field paintings. This research has involved collaboration with conservators and conservation scientists at the National Gallery of Art, the Getty Conservation Institute, and Harvard Art Museums. Since 2006, Tatiana has also worked in the Hirshhorn Museum’s collection management department focusing on broader preservation issues surrounding modern and contemporary artworks. Tatiana holds MS (2003) and BA (2000) degrees in art conservation from the University of Delaware and has held internships or fellowships at the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN), Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Art, and the Getty Conservation Institute.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Preservation Studies at the University of Delaware; the title of her research is Working Methods and Materials of Color Field Painter Morris Louis.”