Maria Pukownik has thirty seven years of experience in conservation
of fine art and paper after receiving formal graduate and
post graduate training from leading European conservation
centers. Her professional career includes 10 years as chief
conservator at The State Museum and Regional Historical Society
Museum in Plock, Poland, private practice in Poland and Italy
and 6 years as paper conservator in New England.
Currently Mrs. Pukownik is the proprietor of an art conservation
laboratory near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; providing comprehensive
conservation services to institutions, private collectors
and leading dealers in early American art.
Mrs. Pukownik specializes in works of art on paper, and is
also extensively trained and experienced in the complete treatment
of paintings. She is also skilled in cleaning, seamless repairs,
reconstructions, painting in all traditional techniques, book
repair and bookbinding.
- 2007 35th Annual AIC meeting in Richmond, VA
- 2006 34th Annual AIC meeting in Providence, RI
- 2005 33rd Annual AIC meeting in Minneapolis, Mn
- October 2002 Travel to China, visiting artist studios and
- June 2002 Attending Conference and lectures on biodeterioration
of art, in New York City.
- June 2000 Annual AIC meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.
- June 1998 Annual AIC meeting in Arlington, Va.
- June 1993 Annual AIC meeting in Denver, Co.
- June 1991 Conservation of modern paintings. Course taught
at Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution.
- October 1990 Enzymes used in art conservation. Course taught
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- March 1985 - March 1986 Professional exchange (visiting conservator)
at major conservation centers in Rome and Florence, Italy.
- Visits to several conservation sites including Sistine Chapel.
- M.S. in Conservation of Artistic and Historic Objects, graduate
degree in Paper and Leather from Conservation Institute at the
University of Nicholas Copernicus in Torun, Poland.
- Major courses include art history, technology of old masters'
works, conservation of easel painting, studio art, printmaking.
- Conservation of murals and stone objects, technology of paper
- Conservation of paper and leather, chemistry, microbiology
and other science courses.
November 1991 to present
- Fine art and paper conservator in private practice. Studio
in Orrtanna, Pa and Gettysburg, Pa.
- Major works include collections of Civil War photographs,
Currier & Ives lithographs, prints and manuscripts, early
watercolors and portraits on canvas.
- Extensive work on Pennsylvania German Fraktur certificates:
earliest printed taufscheins and hand drawn and decorated artifacts.
Treatment including: dismounting from wooden blanket chest or
other mounts, reconstructing and restoration of design (ref.
Klaus Stopp’s catalogue).
1986 - October 1991
- Paper conservator at Joseph J. Marotti Co. Inc., Conservation
Laboratory in Milton, Vermont.
- Independent and team work on early American records, manuscripts,
historical prints, archival artifacts on paper and parchment,
works of art on paper, wall maps, oil paintings and others.
January 1982 - March 1985
- Chief conservator at the Regional Historical Society Museum
- Library in Plock, Poland.
- In charge of care and treatment of large collection of rare
books, manuscripts, prints and paintings.
- Private practice as painting conservator.
September 1974 - December 1981
- Head of Conservation Department at the state Museum of Art
Nouveau, Plock, Poland.
- Responsibilities included care for Museum's collection of
works on paper as well as paintings and objects.
- Private practice