NSwanson is the username for Natalya Swanson
Natalya is an emerging Objects Conservator with a specialization in contemporary conservation based in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently the Graduate Conservation Intern at the Brooklyn Museum, supporting the staff in preparing works for exhibition and holistically caring for the museum’s encyclopedic collection. In August 2020, Natalya will graduate with a Masters of Science from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) and assume the role of Mellon Fellow in Objects Conservation at the Brooklyn Museum.
Natalya actively practices a value-based approach to conservation and aims to let interdisciplinary interpretation and work-defining sanctions shape her decision making. Practically, this takes the form of experiential learning, a commitment to reflexivity, and transparency in documentation. Her practice is inspired by contemporary art conservation theory, but her approach traverses geography, date of creation, and intentionality. In addition to conservation theory, Natalya is passionate about advocacy and outreach as a means to foster inclusivity within the conservation discipline and raise awareness about the climate crisis within the broader museum/collections network.
Past experiences Natalya entered the conservation field in 2013. She has worked in conservation studios in Florida, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, New York, and Washington, D.C in almost all conservation disciplines. Either through direct or contract employment, Natalya has worked at the following organizations/institutions: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Voices in Contemporary Art, University of Amsterdam, University of Delaware, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, National Air and Space Museum, Kennedy Space Center, Gulf Coast Art Conservation, WHRYTA Contemporary Art Conservation, Kuniej-Berry Associates, DeGhetaldi Art Restoration, Conservation Solutions Inc.
For more information, please see Natalya's online portfolio at natalyaswanson.com