Anna is the Durow Curator of Collections and Decorative Arts at the Oshkosh Public Museum (OPM) in Oshkosh, WI. At OPM, Anna is responsible for a broad spectrum of collections activities as they relate to the management, preservation and scholarship for a large diverse collection of cultural heritage in the areas of art, history, anthropology, and natural history.
Instructor: Anna Cannizzo
Regular Registration: $1,200
From the moment they are created, objects are susceptible to deterioration and damage which can be abated by storage and display in environmentally appropriate conditions. This course is a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises that will provide information relating to managing and monitoring environmental conditions in a variety of spaces. Participants will learn about various factors that impact the museum environment, how to identify and contend with them and how to find resources to support these important preventative care activities. Topics include: formulation and implementation of policies and procedures for environmental management and care; agents of deterioration, appropriate environmental conditions for various types of objects; handling and maintenance procedures for storage, exhibition, packing, transport, and use; Integrated Pest Management; and emergency preparedness and response.
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She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Federation of Museums. Formerly, she served as the Curator of Collections at Denison Museum where she was responsible for the care and use of their collection. Anna has directed an IMLS Conservation Project Support Grant to stabilize works on paper, assisted in obtaining grants for the Conservation Assessment Program in addition to an IMLS Museums for America grant in the area of Collections Stewardship and served as a state representative for the Midwest Registrar’s Committee. Anna earned her B.A and M.S. in Anthropology with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Previous museum experience also includes collections based work at the Pabst Mansion, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Archaeology Lab, and in the departments of Anthropology, Conservation, and Education at the Milwaukee Public Museum. She was a participant in the Sicilian-Scandinavian Archaeological Project during the Summer 2000 in Salemi, Sicily.