Shelley Sturman

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Museum Conservation,
Museum Studies Program
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Shelley Sturman joined the part-time faculty of the George Washington University Museum Studies Department to try and carry on the legacy and memory of an amazing colleague, Carolyn Rose. Areas of special interest to her include working with living artists; discovering the mysteries of the Degas waxes, researching the casting techniques of Renaissance bronzes; and developing durable coatings for outdoor sculpture.

Professor Sturman co-teaches Preventive Conservation Concepts (prerequisite) and Preventive Conservation Techniques with Catharine Hawks.


Current Outside Position

  • Head of the Object Conservation Department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C



Professor Sturman has published widely on a variety of conservation topics and has lectured at major universities and numerous international meetings. Professor Sturman is a co-author of "Degas at the Races," co-editor of "Saint-Porchaire Ceramics," and a contributor to many National Gallery catalogues as well as to various conservation, art history, and archaeology journals.



BA, Brandeis University
MA, Brandeis University
MS in Conservation, University of Delaware


Professional Organizations

  • Fellow in the American Institute for Conservation
  • Former director of American Institute for Conservation
  • The International Institute for Conservation
  • Washington Conservation Guild
  • Past president of Washington Conservation Guild