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Rome Prize Fellowship Awarded to Buffalo State Grad

Vatican Secret Archives to be focus of Conservator Studies

Posted: May 22, 2007
Jana Dambrogio, Buffalo State 2000 Art Conservation graduate, is one of 30 emerging artists and scholars worldwide to be selected for the 2007-2008 Rome Prize fellowship to study in the ancient city.

The announcement was made by the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome, which holds an open competition each year with eight juries deciding the winners, each of whom will be provided a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years.

Dambrogio will take up residence at the American Academy in Rome in September 2007. There, she will refine, supplement, and build upon research she began on a collection of northeastern Italian medieval and early modern monastic legal and accounting documents and bindings at the Vatican Secret Archives. She will explore further the authentication and anti-forgery devices used on these structures; ones which were important features in officiating documents and have aspects which continue to influence officiating documents today. The information gathered from her research will contribute to conservators' understanding of physical nuances of the unusual structures and provide a support for more historically informed treatment decisions.

In 2000, Dambrogio earned her master of arts (M.A.) and certificate of advanced studies (C.A.S.) in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College, which has one of three such accredited degree-granting graduate programs in the country. While studying at Buffalo State College, Dambrogio also earned her Certificate in Bookbinding from the Canadian Bookbinders Book Artist Guild in Toronto. She was a graduate intern in the Book Conservation Laboratories at the Frick Art Reference Library and the J. Pierpont Morgan Library. After completing a Samuel H. Kress post-graduate fellowship in the Conservation Laboratory at the Vatican Secret Archives in 2001, Dambrogio interned in the Conservation Department at the Folger Shakespeare Library. From 2002 to 2004, she worked in private practice in the United States and Italy. In 2004, she joined the Document Conservation Laboratory of the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington D.C. where she also serves as the Chairperson for the Guild of Book Worker's Potomac Chapter.

About The American Academy in Rome

Established in 1894 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the American Academy in Rome is a center that sustains independent artistic pursuits and humanistic studies. It is situated on the Janiculum, the highest hill within the walls of Rome. Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to up to 30 individuals -- emerging artists (working in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Literature, Musical Composition, or Visual Arts) and scholars (working in Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, or Modern Italian Studies). For more information please visit
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