Senior Project Specialist, Field Projects
Catherine Myers began work at the GCI in April 2007. Previously, she served as the conservator in the Office of the Chief Architect of the U.S. General Services Administration, where she supervised contracts for the Fine Arts Program, overseeing the conservation of art in government buildings around the country.
After receiving a BA in art history from the University of North Carolina, Catherine carried out museum conservation apprenticeships and chemistry course work before beginning formal conservation training in 1981 as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome, and as a UNESCO Training and Research Fellow at ICCROM and the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro in 198283. She subsequently completed a master's degree in historic preservation, specializing in architectural conservation, at the University of Pennsylvania (she continues her association with the program as a lecturer). Shortly thereafter, as a U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellow, Catherine applied her new expertise in a technical study of Constantino Brumidi's wall paintings at the U.S. Capitol.
After working as a paintings conservator for several institutions (including the North Carolina Museum of Art; Biltmore, Campbell, Smith Restorations Inc.; and the Brooklyn Museum), in 1992 Catherine founded Myers Conservation LLC in Washington, DC, specializing in the conservation of mural paintings and architectural finishes. Over thirteen years, she undertook a broad range of conservation assignments, including: the 1789 house of John Penn and New Deal murals at the U.S. Customs House in Philadelphia; the Neolithic archaeological site at Çatalhöyük in Turkey; architectural finishes analysis at the U.S. Treasury Building; mural paintings conservation at the U.S. Capitol; and work at many other sites across the United States. She joined the Office of the Chief Architect of the General Services Administration in 2005, after a long association as a professional peer and commissioned conservator.
At the GCI Catherine is involved in several projects. She is overseeing a new agreement with the Office of the President of the Czech Republic to monitor the Last Judgment mosaic on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle, in the wake of the Czech-GCI project that conserved it. She is also coordinating the field application of the Organic Materials in Wall Paintings project and working on a new project that examines maintenance and community programs for public murals. And she is collaborating with GCI Science staff on developing a project to compare historic architectural finishes with materials used to replicate them.