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About the Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief – Anna Kowalik, MA

anna.kowalik@icarthejournal.org 

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching assistant of Full Professor Iwona Szmelter in Inter-Cathedral Preservation and Conservation Department of Modern and Contemporary Art “NOVUM” at the Academy.

During my studies at the Academy I had the opportunity of studying on specialty of Conservation and restoration of painting and polychromed sculpture. However my diploma concerned the issues of care of trans-disciplinary contemporary art in the context of conservation projects.

On the fifth year of studies I had the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus Exchange and I studied at the University of Turin in Italy at the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage on conservation course under supervision of Professor Antonio Rava.

My research interests focus primarily on the conservation issues of interdisciplinary modern and contemporary art and the occurrence of nature in the works of contemporary artists.

I am in the process of finishing studies at the Faculty of History of Art at the University of Warsaw also. Privately I paint using atypical materials and techniques and train kickboxing.

 

Deputy Editor-in-Chief – Anna Konopko

anna.konopko@icarthejournal.org 

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Student of the final year

I have begun my studies in October 2009, firstly on the specialty of Conservation and restoration of painting and polychromed sculpture. Then after three very satisfactory semesters I joined a second one – Conservation and restoration of historical textiles. From this moment on I am having twice as much work but I prefer to see it as double mind-opening experience.

Currently I am on my master year and my diploma is also double. I am working on two contemporary sculptures and a baroque church banner, all sharing a common trait – they’re made with mixed textile and painting techniques. Above all, I learn how to perceive conservation as a whole.

In the future I see myself as the conservator of atypical, eclectic objects that cannot be simply categorised. In the afterhours I make copies of paintings and enjoy a good reading on human and neural sciences, physics and other powers that shape us as species and beings.

 

Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Technical Editor
– Sylwia Popławska, MA

sylwia.poplawska@icarthejournal.org 

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching assistant and Research Assistant in Department of specialty of Conservation and restoration of historic books, prints and leather.

I am a paper conservator and I love my job. I have finished my studies almost two years ago. As a part of my Master Thesis I conserved very special and atypical artistic herbarium. This project lasted 3 years and allowed me to notice how much I like to look for the answers for the questions which no one has asked earlier and how exciting it is to solve issues connected with atypical artifacts. After my studies I had a short experience with working as a conservator in the National Museum in Warsaw and in the private sector. I took part in a few conferences and I am author and coauthor of a number of articles.

Most of my time I spend at the Faculty where I conserve various kinds of objects, teach bookbinding and take part as an assistant in a conservation-research project. Slowly, I am looking for an interesting issue on which I could focus my Phd research. I spend my evenings on reading scientific articles or writing conservation documentations. During free time, which does not occur very often, I reload my batteries through painting, guitar playing, horse riding or hiking.

 

Secretary – Piotr Popławski, MA (archaeology)

piotr.poplawski@icarthejournal.org 

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Student of the 4th year

In 2007 I started to study archaeology at the University of Warsaw. It was a big adventure which opened my mind and expanded my horizons. During my 4th year I felt that archaeology was not enough for me so I started to look for something that could show me new perspectives. In 2012 I started to study at the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw on specialization of Conservation and Restoration of Old Books, Prints and Ancient Leather.

In 2014, at the end of my 2nd year I finished my Master Thesis on archaeology and could focus even more on my new studies. Shortly after I have became elected for the President of the Students Council of our Faculty, for the Student Representative to the Faculty Board and also for the Chairman of Students Scientific Association. Since then I have participated in many projects that were initiated by students and lecturers of our Faculty and have tried to involve as much fellow student as possible.

I have not specified in what field of conservation I will specialize, so now I just learn, observe and let my horizons expand even more than before.

 

Language Editor – Adam M Klupś, MA

adam.klups@icarthejournal.org 

Assistant Church Buildings Officer, Diocese of Gloucester, England 

I hold a BA in History of Art and Material Studies from University College London and an MA in Principles of Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. I currently work for the Diocese of Gloucester, supporting the work of the Diocesan Advisory Committee, which advises on matters relating to church buildings and churchyards, promotes the long-term sustainable future of the historic churches and assists individual congregations in caring for them and adapting them for today’s needs.

I am also a trustee of the Józef Piłsudski Institute of Research based in London, disseminating knowledge and fostering public understanding of Poland’s early 20th century history and its legacy.

My broad professional interests encompass contemporary conservation theory and ethics, and conservation considerations involved in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. My Master’s project (2013) focused on conservation considerations in the conversion of closed Victorian-era churches to alternative uses

For a few years now, I have been working towards greater collaboration and exchange of experiences between conservation professionals and conservation students and emerging conservators. In September 2011, under the auspices of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), I instigated the first Student and Emerging Conservator Conference (S&ECC), which was held in London.

I am a keen traveller and yoga practitioner.

 

Paulina Miąsik 

office@icarthejournal.com 

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw 

Student of the 2nd year

I have begun my studies in October 2014 on the specialty of Conservation and restoration of historic books, prints and leather. Since I am only at the beginning of my studies I’m still discovering the true essence of the art conservation science. I have always been interested in saving remanences of the past. It is a challenge and an exciting profession that requires a vast knowledge and excellent manual skills, which I hope to possess in the following years of studies. For quite a time I trained swimming and I still enjoy it.

 

Graphic Design Editor – Anna Naumova 

graphicdesign@icarthejournal.org

Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw 

Student of the 4th year

Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. I studied simultaneously journalism and psychology at the University of Warsaw. Currently I am a student at the Poster Design and Lithography studio at the Academy. My interests include broadly-taken documentary, sociological concepts as well as psychology of social impact.

 

Deputy Graphic Design Editor – Piotr Dudek 

graphicdesign@icarthejournal.org

Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw 

Student of the 4th year

In I 2008 received a bachelor’s degree in Political Studies at the University of Birmingham. In 2015 I was awarded the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Main field of my work is graphic design, illustration and drawing. My artistic works have been shown in a number of exhibitions, both home and abroad.

 

Subject Editors:

 

Julia Burdajewicz, MA

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching and research assistant at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological and Ethnographic Objects and Monuments

I received my MA degree in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2010. Following the studies, I did one year post-graduate internship at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA, a year of internship and a year of Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Paintings Conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Even though my primary specialization is in paintings conservation, I have always had a great interest in issues of conservation, safeguarding and management of archaeological heritage in the Mediterranean. I have been participating in a number of conservation and research projects in countries such as Italy, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. Currently I am a PhD candidate at the University of Warsaw. My doctoral research is focused on the iconography, technical analysis and issues of conservation of early Byzantine wall paintings in the Middle East. In my scarce free time I enjoy planning my next travels, reading books and playing pool.

 

Mateusz Jasiński, MA

jasinskimateusz@poczta.fm

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching assistant in the Department of Technique and Technology of Painting at the Academy

Above all, I am interested in issues of painting technique and technology. I am particularly passionate about the paintings of the old masters of seventeenth–century from Italy and Holland. Issues of painting technology are of great importance to me – after we become acquainted with the history of a given painting, we begin to look it differently and notice previously unseen details. My doctoral research is focused on the technique and technology of followers of Caravaggio. The main purpose of the project is promoting and increasing the knowledge about Baroque painting by reconstruction of Caravaggisti painting workshop. As a conservator I work with easel paintings and participate in projects related to the conservation of wall paintings. I also try to undertake my own painting and drawing projects, unrelated to my conservation profession, and take part in exhibitions and plain – air workshops.

 

Maciej Baran, MA

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching and research assistant at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Mural Paintings (Studio of Conservation and Restoration of Mural Paintings, and Studio of Conservation and Transfer of Mural Paintings)

I received an MA degree in History of Art from The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, as well as MA in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. My interest and specialisation are broad issues of conservation and restoration of wall paintings in particular from the Baroque era. I have participated in and conducted a number of conservation and research works in area of wall paintings and interior restoration.

Currently I am finishing my PhD: ‘Conservation and restoration of the Dutch Cabinet in Wilanów Palace. The search for ideological content and artistic solutions in ceiling painting’. In the meantime I work also as the Supervising Inspector of Conservation in Museum of Warsaw.

My passions are family travels to Italy and occasional open-air painting.

 

Anna Nowicka, MA

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching and research staff member in the Department of Expert Research and Documentation Techniques

I graduated from the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and I also studied at the Faculty of Chemistry at the Warsaw University of Technology. I have been working as a teaching and research staff member at the above mentioned Faculty for fifteen years and one of my duties is leading the technology research on works of art.

From 2011 to 2015 I was the leader of the science project titled ‘Investigation of the use of the Bookkeeper method for deacidification of oil paintings on paper supports’ (2011/01/N/HS2/02308) which was financed by the National Centre for Science in Cracow. In 2006 I participated in the project which aimed to determine the attribution of two Rembrandt’s paintings from the Museum of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. I have also examined the paintings and sculptures from the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów, National Museum in Warsaw and the Department of Archeology of the University of Warsaw. Over the last years I took part in a complex restoration of the Royal Collection of Paintings at The Royal Łazienki Museum.

 

Agnieszka Krzemińska-Maciejko, MA

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching and research assistant at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Historical Textiles

I received an MA degree in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2001. From 2010 to 2011 I did post-graduate studies at the Lodz University of Technology. The studies related to analysis and documentation of antique textiles. As a teaching assistant at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Historical Textiles I conduct courses for the students of the 2nd and the 3rd year concerning conservation of carpet and tapestry. I give lectures and exercises on weave techniques and conservation of metal elements in historical textiles. I am particularly interested in analysis of structures of antique textiles.

Since 2014 I have been a member of the team working on science project titled “Interdisciplinary research of 192 medieval liturgical paraments of St. Mary’s Church in Gdansk, currently stored in the National Museum in Gdansk with particular emphasis on technological and technical analysis” which has been financed by the National Centre for Science in Cracow. In the project I deal with analysis of techniques of velvets. In the nearest future I am going to start my doctoral dissertation focused on technological and conservation problems regarding 17th century embroidered banner.

 

Katarzyna Górecka, MA

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching Assistant at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Easel Paintings

I graduated in conservation from the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2006) and also hold a degree in history from the Warsaw University (2004).

Recently I mainly deal with conservation problems of large-sized and atypically formed canvas paintings. A phenomenon of the curvilinear canvas paintings adapted to the form of architecture is a subject of my Ph.D. thesis (work in progress). In 2012 – 2015 I was a leader of the scientific grant: “Innovative measurement of deformations in large-size paintings on canvas by remote optical methods and its application in documenting, designing and evaluation of technical conservation solutions” financed by the Polish National Science Centre. I cooperate with specialists from the Polish Academy of Sciences.

From 2007 I regularly lead student training in conservation of the XVIth century fresco painting in the Suceviṭa Monastery in Bucovina, Romania (monument on the UNESCO list). In my spare time I climb in the mountains.

 

Monika Supruniuk, MA

Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

Teaching assistant and Research Assistant in Department of specialty of Conservation and restoration of historic books, prints and leather.

Monika Supruniuk has studied Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and obtained the Master’s of Art degree in 2011 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland. She has been specializing in conservation of books, old prints and anthique leather, nevertheless her diploma thesis was dedicated to conservation of photography and audiovisuals.

The titles of the thesis: Issues of conservation and restoration of two photographic works by Zbigniew Dlubak: Onona and Desymbolisations. Supervisor: Marzenna Ciechańska, Ph.D. Conservation and restoration of photographic films on cellulose nitrate base. Supervisor: Weronika Liszewska, Ph.D.

Supruniuk has been working for the National Film Archive since 2009. She is responsible for conservation of the nitrate film collection. From 2009 to 2012 she worked as a research team member on the project ‘Conservation and digitalisation of pre-war feature films at the National Film Archive in Warsaw’. She also operates on a regular basis as a consultant for other institutions such as archives and museums (National Digital Archives, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Archeaology of Photography Foundation). She teaches several workshops on the preservation of audiovisual and photographic collection and has published several articles on these topics. Since 2012 she has been working as a teachning assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

She has also attended several international conferences and workshops on audiovisual preservation.

– In 2009, she underwent an intership (December-July) at the Landesarchiv NRW Technisches Zentrum, Münster, Germany / Internship Scholarship of the North Rhine-Westphalia and the Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

– In 2010, Supruniuk participated in the ‘Film Restoration Summer School / FIAF Summer School’ (May-July) at the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna, Italy / Scholarship of the MEDIA EU’s programme

– In 2013, she participated in two workshops: ‘Conservation Strategies for Humidity and Water Damaged Photographic Materialsin’ in Zagreb, Croatia, and the ‘SOIMA 2013 Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections’ in Nairobi, Kenya.

Furthermore she is also an active member of the Group of Historic Photography Enthusiasts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2013, Supruniuk awarded the Młoda Polska Scholarship 2013 (the Minister of Culture and the National Legacy scholarship) and a grant from the National Science Centre for the project Permanence and change. The conservation of analog media art.
Volunteers:

 

Maciej Gawiński Bryła

Faculty of Fine Arts – Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art – University of the Basque Country

Student of the 5th year

Student of Conservation and Restoriation of Works of Art in the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao. I am very interested in conservation and restoration issues of modern/contemporary art, specially in monochrome objects.  Now I am working on new techniques of chromatic reintegration of monochrome works of art. As a student I had an internship in the Fine Arts Museum in Bilbao and the Archeological Museum in Bizkaia. In 2017 I will have an internship  in the National Museum of Warsaw. Apart of that, I love history of art and that is why in 2016 I began History of Art Studies at the UNED (Spanish distance university).