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O'Connor, Ariel

Objects Conservator


Art Conservation, Objects Conservation, Technical Art History, Preservation, Materials Research, American Art, Outdoor Sculpture, Early American Bronze Casting, Lost-wax and Piece-mould Casting, Asian Art, Ancient China

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Professional Biography

  • Ariel O'Connor is an Objects Conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lunder Conservation Center in Washington, DC. Prior to joining SAAM in 2016, Ariel worked at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Walters Art Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her research interests focus on challenges in contemporary art, along with materials and technology in archaeological Asian art. Her archaeological fieldwork includes seasons at the Aphrodisias Excavations, Mugello Valley/Poggio Colla Archaeological Project, and Gordion Excavations Project. She holds an M.A. and C.A.S. in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College, and a B.F.A. in Dance with a Spanish Language and Literature minor and Pre-Med concentration from Tulane University. She served on the American Institute for Conservation (AIC)’s Objects Specialty Group board from 2017-2019, and was the Washington Conservation Guild board Logistics Co-Chair from 2016-2017.