Valinda Carroll earned an M.A. and certificate of advanced studies in 1999 from the Buffalo State College (SUNY) Art Conservation program. She also holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from Hampton University, where she was a 1992 Romare Bearden Scholar. She has worked with ancient Egyptian papyri, illuminated parchment manuscripts, Japanese folding screens, 19th-century crayon enlargements, oversized maps and blueprints, and most other works on paper and related material. Currently in private practice, Ms. Carroll has previously worked in the libraries at Northwestern University, the University of California-Berkeley, and Princeton University. She has held graduate internships at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and Williamstown Art Conservation Center. Her post-graduate experiences include an NEA advanced internship at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, where she was able to gain valuable experience working on oversized objects and historic photographs. During two years as a Marshall Steel postgraduate fellow and several months as a contract conservator at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, she was able to pursue several areas of reasearch. For the 2002 biennial Congress of International Institute for Conservation, she co-authored a paper on the use of solvent-activated acrylic adhesives to mend a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century folding fans. She also attended courses on iron gall ink and historic pigments, assembling a study collection for comparison with hand-colored maps and similar works at Colonial Williamsburg. As a private conservator, she serves as a consultant in preventive conservation, and she performs treatments on works of fine art and historic maps.
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