Art History major Melissa Barton, ’19, is one of only five (5) students worldwide to be accepted into the Postgraduate Diploma Program in the Conservation of Easel Paintings at The Courtauld Institute of Art, an independent college of The University of London.
The Courtauld Institute of Art is an outstanding center for education and research in art conservation and art history; its three-year Postgraduate Diploma Program in the Conservation of Easel Paintings is one of the most competitive and prestigious in the world.
Melissa, who is completed minors in Chemistry and Studio Art, flew to London in February 2019 to participate in a full-day interview for admission. She was tested on her proficiency in art history and conservation, and was required to submit a portfolio to demonstrate her drawing and painting skills.
Melissa is the recipient of the 2019 Gold Key in Art History; on Honors Day 2019, she presented her research on the nineteenth-century African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner and his paintings of The Flight Into Egypt. Since 2013 and while she completed coursework for her BA at Marymount Manhattan, Melissa has worked as an Assistant Conservator at Center Art Studio, an organization that conserves fine art for leading private collectors, museums, and arts organizations in New York and surround cities, including the New-York Historical Society, the Players Club, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has already helped to conserve more than 100 paintings.
Class Year and Major
Class of 2019, Art History Major