Steven O’Banion (he/him) is the Director of Conservation at Glenstone Museum, responsible for comprehensively addressing the conservation needs of Glenstone’s collection of modern and contemporary art. After completing pre-program internships at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Citywide Monuments Conservation Program, and Wilson Conservation, Steven joined the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. At Winterthur, he majored in objects conservation with an additional focus in preventive conservation. Steven has completed graduate-level internships with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Tate, and the Museum of Modern Art. As a Smithsonian Conservation Fellow at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Steven established an artist-interview program for the institution. Steven is a board member of Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA), a non-profit organization that generates critical dialogue and interdisciplinary programming to address the production, presentation, and preservation of contemporary art.
The SOWF congratulates WPEAC alum Bob Peck on his election to the American Philosophical Society (APS)! Robert McCracken Peck is Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (now part of Drexel University). His most recent publications have included a photo-essay on traveling the backroads of Iceland in the winter issue of The Explorers Journal, an article on Victorian microscopy in the May-June issue of the magazine Antiques, a profile of artist-explorer Mary Jo McConnell in the July-August issue of that same magazine, and a chapter in a new book about the 18th century explorer-naturalist William Bartram entitled: The Attention of a Traveller: Essays on William Bartram's Travels and Legacy, edited by Kathryn Braund (U of Alabama Press).
The APS was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, John Bartram, and others for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” Today, it sustains this mission by promoting knowledge in the sciences and humanities through research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. Membership of the APS "honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields." With this high honor, Bob joins fellow past and present members such as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John James Audubon, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Barbara McClintock, and Neil Armstrong.
You can learn more about APS and membership here and contact Bob Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org.