What Is Museum SOS

Mary Jo (M.J.) Davis
Paper Conservator and Preventive Conservation Specialist,
VT Museum
and Gallery Alliance
P.O. Box 232
West Burke, VT 05871
[email protected]


Mary Jo (M.J.) Davis

Mary Jo Davis graduated from the State University College at Buffalo in 1994 with a Masters in Art Conservation and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Paper Conservation. From November of 1995 to March of 2004, Ms. Davis worked part-time for the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance (VMGA) as the Project Director for the statewide collections care program. Her work with the small historical societies, galleries and museums around the state helped the staff and volunteers in these institutions with the care of their collections through on-site visits, organizing workshops and carrying out general collections surveys. During 2002, the VMGA collections care program was chosen as the recipient of the joint AIC/Heritage Preservation award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections.

Other areas of expertise and interests are emergency response and preventative conservation. In October of 2000, Ms. Davis was chosen to participate in the FAIC/National Task Force on Emergency Response Train the Trainers disaster workshop. Since that time, she has taught a similar curriculum to several groups in the northeast most recently at a Society for the Preservation of Natural Science Collections annual meeting at the American Museum for Natural History in New York City. In 2003, Ms. Davis organized the Vermont Emergency Response Team for Cultural Institutions consisting of 15 people from Vermont's cultural community and trained them in emergency response issues as well as finding funding to provide the team members with personal safety equipment.

Ms. Davis has maintained a private practice in paper conservation since 1995.


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