Conservation Residency Program
The Conservation Residency Program at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West trains young conservators from all over the United States and the world. Many are completing their education in graduate programs in conservation. Other young conservators are gaining experience prior to entering a conservation programs. The residents function as part of the conservation staff during their tenure in Cody. They examine objects, write reports, and carry out treatments and individual projects such as collection condition surveys. The Chief Conservator works closely with the residents ensuring the quality of the training and the treatment of the collections.
For more information on our Conservation Residency program, e-mail Chief Conservator Beverly Perkins or call her at 307-578-4029.
Laura Siegfried received her Master of Arts degree in Art History in 2011 from the University of California, Riverside, concentrating in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art with a particular focus on science in art. Her research was on the influence of medieval optical science on the development of Renaissance perspective techniques. She earned her undergraduate degree in Physics from Pomona College and worked as a physicist for four years in the U.S. Air Force before returning to school. She has previously interned with a private painting conservator in South Carolina.
Robin Allison is a native of Jackson, Wyoming. She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota–Duluth, with minor studies in studio arts, art history, and women’s studies. Credit received for her internship at the Center of the West Conservation Training Center will be applied towards her master’s degree in Museum Studies through the University of Oklahoma–College of Liberal Studies. Formerly the Assistant to the Executive Director at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, Robin is shifting her focus from museum administration to museum collections management and exhibition design.
Shelly Buffalo Calf
Shelly Buffalo Calf lives in Cody, Wyoming, and is receiving her master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Museum Studies. She has worked/volunteered for many years at the Center of the West with the McCracken Research Library, the Papers of William F. Cody, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, and many other departments. After graduation, she wishes to continue at the Center of the West.
Beverly Nadeen Perkins
Our conservation residency program is led by Beverly Nadeen Perkins. A graduate of the Cooperstown (now Buffalo) program in conservation, Perkins is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation. She is a certified AIC-CERT emergency responder for cultural institutions. She coordinated the AIC volunteer response to Hurricane Katrina, as well as participated on the ground in Mississippi and Louisiana after Katrina and most recently in Haiti. Perkins serves on the board of the Western Association for Art Conservation and the board of the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums. She is currently the Chief Conservator at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and adjunct faculty in Art History at Northwest College. She served as the NEH Western Field Service Officer and as the coordinator of the IMLS Connecting to Collections Planning Project for Wyoming. Perkins has lectured extensively on disaster recovery for museum collections, collections care topics, and conservation issues. She has worked as a conservator for large institutions such as Winterthur Museum and the Brooklyn Museum and has carried out over fifty surveys of collecting institutions of all sizes. Beverly recently joined the board of Heritage Preservation, the Smithsonian Affiliate Advisory Committee, and the Buffalo Bill Art Show Committee.
Visit this page to meet interns from the past few years.