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Tiarna M. Doherty, [PA]

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Chief of Conservation
Washington, DC
Tiarna became Chief of Conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2011. Previously, Tiarna worked for nine years as a paintings conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both chemistry and art history from Tufts University, and a master’s degree in painting conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware art conservation program. Tiarna is a Directory Board member of the International Committee of Museums- Conservation Council, a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, and member of the Western Association for Art Conservation. Tiarna is actively involved in both researching and teaching cleaning methods for painted surfaces. She was a partner in the Cleaning Acrylic Paintings project, a collaboration between the Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and Education Department of the GCI.