The Harvard University Art Museums (HUAM) recently announced the establishment of the Craigen Bowen Fellowship. The new fellowship, made possible through the generous gift of two anonymous donors, is designated to provide the salary, benefits, and a travel/research stipend to a young, advanced-level conservation professional who focuses on works on paper and who is beginning a museum career. The fellowship is also open to a young curatorial professional who specializes in works on paper.
This fellowship honors Craigen Bowen, deputy director and the Philip and Lynn Straus Paper Conservator at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at HUAM. Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, commented, “During her 30-year career at the Harvard University Art Museums, beginning in 1975 as an apprentice conservator, Craigen Bowen has dedicated herself to the highest professional standards of conservation and conservation science, has trained countless young professionals and colleagues in the conservation of works of art on paper, and has generously shared her perceptions and expertise with all interested scholars. Thanks to our anonymous donors, we are delighted to honor her with this fellowship and to continue her legacy advancing the field.”
The Bowen Fellowship will take place over a 10-month term, beginning in September 2008, at HUAM and its Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. It is one of several fellowship training opportunities in curatorial and conservation practice available at the Art Museums.