Winterthur conservator Bruno Pouliot receives award

Winterthur conservator Bruno Pouliot. Jim Schneck image courtesy of Winterthur

WINTERTHUR, Del. – Bruno Pouliot, senior objects conservator and affiliated assistant professor in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, recently received Robert L. Feller Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute for Conservation. The award is given for exceptional contributions to the conservation profession over the course of a career.

Pouliot has worked at Winterthur since 1997, both on staff and as a member of the WUDPAC faculty. He developed an internationally recognized teaching program on organic materials and preventive conservation while overseeing the activities of the objects lab and the conservation of all kinds of decorative art objects. He has published numerous articles and taught internationally about ethical issues related to the conservation of culturally sensitive material and topics related to the conservation of organic materials, metals, and ceramics.

He currently serves as editor for the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts Online. He received the Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award for excellence in education and teaching of conservation professionals from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in 2010.

Pouliot received his master’s degree in Art Conservation from Queen’s University in Canada. Prior to joining the staff of Winterthur, he worked as a conservator at museums in Canada, including the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center in the Northwest Territories and the McCord Museum at Montreal’s McGill University.

Winterthur and the University of Delaware jointly sponsor WUDPAC, a three-year Master of Science program in art conservation. It is one of only five graduate conservation programs in North America. The faculty is comprised of 12 Winterthur conservators and five faculty members from the University of Delaware Art Conservation Department. Graduates work at major museums and cultural institutions throughout the world.