- Kathleen Dardes, Head
Kathleen Dardes is head of the GCI’s Collections department where she manages the Institute’s education projects for movable cultural heritage, including courses, workshops and in-the-field training activities that take place within the United States and internationally; she also oversees the GCI's Information Center. With colleagues in Science, the department also undertakes field activities to adapt and test new research and practical methodologies for collections. Kathleen has worked at the GCI since 1988, first in the Training Program, then in Field Projects before taking on the leadership of Education (precursor to the Collections department) in 2007. She studied textile conservation in the Textile Conservation Centre/ Courtauld Institute of Art postgraduate program, receiving her diploma from the University of London. Prior to her arrival at the Getty, she worked as a textile conservator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
- Stéphanie Auffret, Project Specialist
Stéphanie Auffret, prior to coming to the GCI, was a conservator at the Winterthur Museum and an assistant professor in the Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. Stéphanie received both a PhD and an MA in Art History from the University of Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV and an MA in Art Conservation from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Stéphanie has also worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Mellon Fellow, and at Historic New England as a Kress Fellow, as well as at private conservation studios in France. Current GCI Project: Research into Practice Initiative.
- Foekje Boersma, Senior Project Specialist
Foekje Boersma is the project manager of the Managing Collection Environments Initiative. Originally trained as a textile conservator, her expertise is preventive conservation. Foekje recently worked at the Dutch National Archives on preventive conservation education projects and the coordination of a preservation program of archives of national importance. Between 2006 and 2009 she worked at the GCI as a project specialist developing a number of preventive conservation projects. Prior to that, she spent several years managing large-scale preventive conservation activities for a company in the Netherlands. Current GCI project: Managing Collection Environments Initiative.
- Rachel Rivenc, Project Specialist
Rachel Rivenc oversees dissemination, training, and research activities related to modern and contemporary art and has been part of the GCI's Modern and Contemporary Art Initiative since 2007. Prior to joining the Collections department, she was a member of the GCI's Science department where she led the Outdoor Sculpture and Art in L.A. projects. She previously taught paintings conservation at the University of Malta and worked as a conservator in private practice in France and the UK. She is coordinator for the Modern Materials and Contemporary Art working group of ICOM-CC. Rachel holds a master's degree in paintings conservation from Paris I- Sorbonne and received her PhD from the Universite de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
- Joel Taylor, Senior Project Specialist
Joel Taylor originally trained in archaeological conservation and has a PhD focused on collection condition surveys and risk management. He has worked at the National Museums and Galleries of Wales, at English Heritage, and at University College London Institute for Sustainable Heritage where he became director of the master's degree program, Sustainable Heritage. Moving to Norway in 2011, he worked at University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research before joining the GCI. His areas of specialty are preventive conservation and conservation theory, and he is an assistant coordinator of the ICOM-CC preventive conservation working group. Current GCI project: Managing Collection Environments Initiative.
- Cameron Trowbridge, Manager, Research Services
Cameron Trowbridge, manages research support activities for the GCI, which includes research, reference, collection development and access for the GCI's Information Center; intellectual property rights management; and production of AATA Online. He has a BA in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and a MSI in library and information services from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the GCI, Cameron was the director of collections and access at the Japanese American National Museum.