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Member Program: Tour of the Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource

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Join fellow members on a virtual tour of the museum’s Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center. Our chief conservator Maria Fusco and registrar Tessa Lummis, will share a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s conservation labs and collection storage areas.

About Our Staff

Maria Fusco has been the museum's chief conservator and Margaret Wing Dodge Chair in Conservation since 2016, following five years as associate conservator. She has a master’s degree in textile conservation from the University of Southampton and has worked as a conservator at institutions in New York and Denmark. She completed fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.

Tessa Lummis is the museum’s registrar, overseeing its photography, digitization, and collection’s management programs. She first joined the staff in 2010 after graduating from GW’s museum studies program. Lummis previously held positions in collections management and object digitization at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum, Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, the National Anthropological Archives, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

How to Participate

This program is open to museum members. To participate, register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining our group discussion on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (1 p.m. EDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included. 

Interested in becoming a member? Read about our membership program or contact Danielle Tyson at [email protected].

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