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August 2, 2023 @ 10:30am 11:30am

Preserving the Past: The Role of Conservation

In conjunction with the new exhibition, Where Ideas Come From: Dalí’s Drawings, this month’s talk will feature Conservator Sonja Jordan-Mowery. Included in this discussion will be the challenges of conserving works on paper and an overview of her role in the special exhibit. This talk offers a behind-the-scenes view of this vital practice.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater (registration required), with overflow seating available in the Raymond James Community Room or live on YouTube (link below).

Register to attend in person at the link below. This event is free, with limited capacity. An event ticket is required for entry. Gallery access is not included.

To watch the live stream from home, click below at the time of the program:

Sonja Jordan-Mowery

Sonja Jordan-Mowery

Sonja Jordan-Mowery is co-owner of Mowery Book and Paper Conservation, located in Venice, Florida. She has a Masters in Philosophy, a Masters in Rare Books and Manuscripts, and received her conservation training both in the United States and in Europe. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conservation, a member of the International Institute for Conservation, and served for eight years for the American Library Associate as the US Delegate for Conservation to the International Federation of Library Associations.

Sonja has been a bench conservator and the head of several conservation programs since 1990 when she established the first conservation department at the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana. In 2003 became the Ruzicka Feldman Director of Conservation at the University Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and while there in 2009 with support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation established Heritage Science for Conservation at Johns Hopkins University.

In addition to her work as a conservator, Sonja has published in the field of conservation and preservation; has an extensive track record of successful grant writing from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute for Museums and Library Science, the Culpepper Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation as well as other foundations. She has conducted conservation assessments for libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies in the US and for major libraries in Europe, Africa, and South America.

In 2015 she retired to Venice where she and her husband opened their conservation studio and continue to provide conservation services to private clients as well as cultural institutions in Florida and across the US.