Beth Szuhay teaches Museum Conservation and Restoration and is new to the Museum Studies faculty. As a textile conservator, Beth restores, preserves and conserves works of fiber art. She works with institutions that do not have a conservation staff to help them understand how best to care for their textile collection, and provide practical solutions within their budget. This sometimes takes the form of workshops and consultations with museum technical staff and conservation colleagues both at home and abroad. She mentors students pursuing conservation careers. She performs treatments on textiles in order to make them structurally sound and aesthetically accurate for display and interpretation.
Beth received her MS from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, which included advanced internships at the Virginia Fine Arts Museum, the UCLA Fowler Museum, and Conservation Services at the Textile Conservation Centre at the University of South Hampton. Beth worked for (almost) ten years at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and assisted with moving, setting up the new lab and the opening exhibitions at the New DeYoung.
In order to grow as a conservator and provide the best possible care for her clients, Beth believes it is imperative to share knowledge and seek advice from colleagues. She is involved in the Textile Conservation community as a member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and the Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC) and is especially proud of her work on the Board of Directors for the North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC).
Art Conservation can be fiddly, finger-aching, eye-straining work, so when she is not in the studio, she prefers less taxing activities like cooking, hiking, road trips and binge watching DC/Marvel super hero shows with her teenage daughter.