A low-residency, intensive year round program providing the conceptual, critical, historical, and practical knowledge needed to sustain a successful studio.

Visiting Artists
Sonja Jordan Mowery
Director for Conservation and Preservation P.I., Heritage Science for Conservation at Johns Hopkins University
November 13 and 14, 2016
Lecture and master book binding class

As of April 2015, Mowery retired from her position as Associate Director of Conservation and Principal Investigator for Heritage Science for Conservation, at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. With over 30 years of experience as a rare books and manuscript conservator and as a director of several major conservation departments, Mowery is spending more time on her national and international consultancy work, research and writing, and her private conservation practice. Sonja will be discussing her work as a conservator and her most recent travels and research within the field of conservation.
As Associate Director of Conservation & Preservation, she was responsible for the leadership and management of the Department. This included building a state of the art conservation lab and program; hiring and training conservators and interns; managing human and financial resources of the Department; and setting the strategic goals and priorities in order to address the needs of the collections and its users. In addition to these core responsibilities, the key initiatives Mowery established during her tenure included the libraries exhibition program, the digital reformatting program, and its disaster preparedness & recovery protocols. Finally, the most significant initiative was establishing Heritage Science for Conservation an integrated conservation science research program within the Conservation Department.

As Division Chief for Special Collections and Archives, she was responsible for the leadership and management of the Harold Washington Library's rare books, manuscripts, and archival collection. This included, working with talented specialists in the field. Mowery also managed the exhibition program, and implemented a conservation program for the collection.