I’m a consultant with over ten years of experience working as an art conservator at major museums. In 2013 I launched McCoy + Associates, a firm dedicated to conservation, historic preservation, and contemporary projects. My primary client is the City of Columbus, Indiana where I’m working to develop a preservation plan for the internationally-renowed architectural heritage.
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Based in Indianapolis, I consult on an array of projects, frequently participate in conferences and symposia, and serves on senior advisory committees and boards, including the Indiana Modern Committee of the Indiana Landmarks Foundation. I have an established history of writing for digital and print publications, giving engaging presentations, teaching in graduate programs, and creating innovative web projects.
For 10 years I worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where I created the Objects & Variable Art Conservation Laboratory. This lab quickly became known for its contemporary approach to conservation by employing a collaborative and researched-based methodology that moves beyond traditional conservation treatments to include artist intentionality.
As a dedicated educator I have mentored more than 30 interns and created and taught graduate courses in the IUPUI Museum Studies Program. I’m currently developing a new graduate course for Johns Hopkins University’s Museums Studies Program.
A former J. William Fulbright Scholar to Madrid, Spain, I received a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and a Master of Arts from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. In 2004 I was the IMA’s first Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellow.
In 2008 I became a Professional Associate of American Institute for Conservation (AIC).
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At The Indianapolis Museum of Art
As the IMA’s Conservator of Objects & Variable Art I lead a team that worked on artworks across all areas of the collection. My approach in this practice extended beyond traditional interventions with artworks to examine artistic intent and execution as it relates to the preservation of art.
My research projects included the technical and structural examination of interior channels in African Songye power figures, exploring novel methods of documenting artworks and conservation practices online, and expanding collaborative networks for conservators via traditional and web-based technologies. My most recent conservation projects include the restoration of Jean Tinguely’s 1974 masterpiece, Chaos No. 1, and Robert Indiana’s 1980 sculptures, Numbers 1-0.
I had many well-qualified interns & volunteers working for me at the IMA. Here are a few IMA blog posts that they have written over the years:
Propane Tank and Blow Torch and Wax, Oh My!
The Importance of the Superficial: Surface of Wooden Sculpture from Africa
Working to Define and Care for African Art at the IMA
Caring for IMA Loans at IUPUI
Art, Color, Gloss
Unwelcome Guests…The Pests of Oldfields
Jessica and Katherine Hit the Big Time
To Future 100 Acres Conservators
Caring for Bronze in the Community
Writing for Art 21’s Blog
I developed the monthly column for Art21’s Blog, No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation, which seeks to define the conservator’s role in the care of art in the twenty-first century.
Teaching Museum Studies
In 2009 started teaching as an adjunct instructor in the IUPUI Museum Studies Program. I have taught two “Collections Care & Management” courses. In these courses my students surveyed the collections of public art on IUPUI’s campus and at the Indiana Statehouse. In spring of 2012 I taught a survey and research course at the famous Madame Walker Theatre Center.
I am currently developing the course “Core Aspects of Conservation: A 21st Century Approach” for the Johns Hopkins University Online Museum Studies Program. I will teach this course in the fall of 2013.
Editing in the Encyclopedia Wikipedia
I’ve been working in Wikipedia since 2006, and am a founder of WikiProject Public Art, which aims to document public art using Wikipedia and have been leading the IMA’s E-Volunteer Program from its inception. For a list of accomplishments, check out my page in Wikipedia.