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Scott W. Nolley

Conservator of Exhibitions & Loans

MA, CAS, Art Conservation - Objects and Paintings Conservation 
STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE AT BUFFALO Art Conservation Department Buffalo, New York

BFA, Art Conservation, pre-conservation program.  Field of Study: Paintings Conservation - This four year-degree course was designed by program trained conservators to prepare candidates for successful admission to graduate training programs; all aspects of conservation and treatments were covered. Additional areas of Study: B. M., Music Composition

Undergraduate studies - Honors Scholarship for Medical Scholars Areas of Study: Pre-medicine curriculum, music composition.

Graduate, Kress Foundation Fellow, 2002 THE ATTINGHAM TRUST SUMMER SCHOOL. Course of Study: architectural and social history of the historic house in Britain, its gardens and landscape.
Great Britain

Graduate, Recipient of The Attingham Trust Fellowship, 2000 ROYAL COLLECTION STUDIES focused on the patronage and collecting of the Kings and Queens of England from the 15th century onwards.
Great Britain


Role in Museum: 

Collaborates with Senior Conservators to develop a work program to organize and provide conservation services for exhibitions and inward and outward loans. Acts as conservation liasion, coordinating with all departments involved in lending and borrowing. This includes preparation and checking of condition reports, scheduling activities, and providing advice with regards to packing materials and methods for the safe transport of works. Consults on issues relating to facilities reports, display standards, and environmental requirements. Facilitates the timely processing of work requests. Undertakes the project management of planning loan requests, including ensuring that budgets and deadlines are achieved. Assists with developing and maintaining policies and processes associated with the department’s document management system, surveys of the collection, and research.



Paintings and Objects Conservator:  Conservation Treatments and Exhibition Preparation for exhibitions and loans (incoming and outgoing) for the National Museum of American History.

Commonwealth of Virginia - Serving at the pleasure of the Clerk of the House of Delegates and the Clerk of the Senate, in ongoing preservation, treatment and research of the Commonwealth’s Capitol collections housed in the historic structure designed by Thomas Jefferson, with foundations dating back to 1785. Responsibilities included oversight of the management and logistics of collections care, transport and storage during the 2000-2007 Capitol renovations.

Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation - Conservator treating artifacts and material from the Foundation’s collections. Specific projects include conservation treatment of the foundation’s portrait of John Locke, original to Thomas Jefferson’s collections.

Mount Vernon - Conservator, Steering Committee Member, working in concert with Arizona State University Laser Imaging Program to complete laser scanning of the portrait sculpture of George Washington by Jean Antoine Houdon as well as the President’s Inauguration jacket and attire, in preparation for the exhibition didactic depicting George Washington at four stages of life.

National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM) - conservator designing treatment protocols for artifacts and material from the library’s collections. Specific projects include condition reporting and treatment design for portraiture and outdoor sculpture, research, materials testing and staff instruction.

University of Virginia – Conservator designing and implementing coursework and programming in support of the University’s mandate for cross-disciplinary studies in the arts and sciences. Programs include the School of Engineering and UVA Fralin Museum’s University Museum Intern (UMI) Program. 



“Removing Oil Staining from Paper: A Collaborative Conservation Challenge” - Book and Paper Specialty Group Session Speaker, with Wendy Cowan, Holly Herro and Kristi Wright, (designing treatments for works from the special collections division of the National Library of Medicine NIH/NLM) American Institute for Conservation (AIC) 45th Annual, Chicago, Illinois. May 2017.

 “A Brief History of Ceramic Technology and the Evolution of Porcelain”, Invited Speaker, Wilton Symposium “You & i are… Earth.” Topics included discovery and conservation of ceramic objects, the display and exhibition of the decorative arts, the meaning of our historic sites, and the traditional use of ceramics to call for social justice and political stability. October 2016.

“A Conservation Conversation” - Invited Speaker presenting findings and treatment notes regarding the conservation of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s (MSV) portrait of the 19th century local silversmith Thomas Campbell. Lecture given in concert with MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers’ art historical background and provenance for the work. February 2016.

“Conservation of the Haller Portraits” - Invited Speaker, Conservator, presenting findings and treatment notes regarding the conservation of Wytheville's Heritage Preservation Center portraits - Dr. Jacob Haller and his wife, Priscilla Nye Haller - from the Town of Wytheville Department of Museums collection. Included briefing collections committee, board members and public on process and findings during treatment of the communities’ prominent portrait pair. November 2015

“Aluminum, the New Silver: Shining a Light on Gilded Age Decorative Surfaces” - Invited Speaker, with Tracy Kamerer, Curator, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida. Aluminum: History, Technology, and Conservation! Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. 2014.

“Conserving an American Icon: The Treatment of Jean Antoine Houdon's Sculpture of George Washington” Invited Speaker, presenting the detail of the sculpture's history and conservation, as well as technical insights in to the working methods of the artist., The National Press Club, Washington, DC. 2010.

"The Laser Cleaning of Anna Hyatt Huntington's Aluminum Sculpture - The Torch Bearers” - Objects Specialty Group Session Speaker, with Andrew Baxter and Mark Lewis, Thirty Seventh Annual Conference, American Institute of Conservation of Historic Works (AIC) Los, Angeles, CA. 2009.

“History and Conservation of Sculpture in Virginia’s Capitol Square” - Invited Speaker, Strayer University, Richmond, Virginia, December 2005.

“Rediscovering an American Icon: Houdon’s Washington” - Invited Speaker, numerous venues including: Richmond    Antiquarian Society, January 2006; College Art Association Annual Conference, February 2002; Colonial    Williamsburg Antiques Forum, February 2002.

“A Journey into the Kingdoms of Edward Hicks” - Invited Speaker, presenting research and technical insights into the working methods of the artist., The Dewitt Wallace Gallery, Williamsburg Virginia. - various additional national exhibition venues 1999-2002.

"Filiform Corrosion: An Unusual Example." - Invited Speaker, International Conference of Corrosion Scientists and Engineers. Cancun. Mexico. 1997.

"The Use of Thin-Layer Chromatography in the Identification of Historic Artificially Colored Varnishes and Glazes." - Objects Specialty Group Session Speaker, Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference, American Institute of Conservation of Historic Works (AIC) Norfolk, Virginia. 1996.



Luke Beckerdite, Alan Miller, with Susan Buck and Scott W. Nolley. “A Philadelphia-Carved Bust of Benjamin Franklin.” American Furniture., Chipstone Foundation, 2016. 2-22.

Hunter, Robert, J. Victor Owen, with Scott W. Nolley. “An 18th century True Porcelain Bowl – The Holy Grail of American Ceramics,” Ceramics in America. Chipstone Foundation, 2016.

Kamerer, Tracy L., Scott W. Nolley. “Rediscovering an American Icon: Houdon’s Washington,” Colonial Williamsburg Journal XXV, Autumn 2003.

Nolley, Scott W. and Carolyn J. Weekley, “The Nature of Edward Hicks's Painting," The Magazine Antiques, February 1999, 281-290.

Nolley, Scott W. and Carolyn J. Weekley, “Edward Hicks: Ornamental painter." Folk Art Magazine, Fall 1999., 48-54.

Nolley, Scott W., "The Use of Thin-Layer Chromatography in the Identification of Historic Artificially Colored Varnishes and Glazes." Proceedings from the Twenty-First Annual Student Conference, Association of Graduate Training Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property (ANAG-PIC), Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware, 1994.


Professional Affiliations: 

The American Institute for Conservation, Member 1990-present.

College Art Association, 1999-present

International Council of Museums (ICOM Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC)) member 1990-present. 

American Association of Museums, 1999-present.