Meet the Board:
Lara is an Objects Conservator at Winterthur and Affiliated Assistant Faculty for WUDPAC.
What do you like about being involved with the Society of Winterthur Fellows?
The most valuable thing is having an opportunity to engage with the larger community of Winterthur grads. I have appreciated getting to know alumni from different years and from both programs. As a board member, I have found planning initiatives at promoting communication and collaboration among grads and current students to be greatly rewarding.
Did your years at Winterthur feel long or short?
A little bit of both! The intensity of the program can do funny things to your relative sense of time. I remember individual days feeling very long, but time in general flew by in the face of heavy workloads and looming deadlines. Although it was a lot to manage, those three years have a certain vibrancy and richness that I would not trade for anything.
What was the most interesting object from the Winterthur collection that you worked on as a conservation fellow?
One of my most memorable projects was a set of three 18th century porcelain tea items from the Netherlands depicting anatomical drawings.The reason for their unusual decoration is not known, thought they were probably made for a physician to commemorate an important event, such as an indoctrination into a medical society. Today they can be found in Centerville Stair Hall.