The National Gallery of Canada welcomes three new students to its Curatorial Diversity Internship Program


OTTAWA (ON), August 24, 2022 /CNW/ – The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) today announced the second cohort of students who will benefit from an internship in its Department of Conservation and Restoration as part of the NGC Curatorial Internship Program for Diversity. Carl Magro, Doris Fuller Ruizand John Habib—all enrolled in the Master of Art Conservation program at Queen’s University in Kingston—will participate in a 12-week internship during which they will be paired with experienced conservators and accompany them in their daily work. Launched last year in collaboration with Queen’s University’s Art Conservation Program and the Canadian Conservation Institute, this initiative was designed by the NGC to increase the representation of professionals from Indigenous, Black and others through Canada in this field of museology.

Carl Magro, Doris Fuller Ruizand John Habib will spend a week at the NGC from August 22, 2022, and meet the conservation team. They will return to the Museum next summer to hone their skills after their academic year at Queen’s. Carl Magro will begin her Masters focusing on Artifacts in September, while Doris Fuller Ruiz and John Habib will specialize respectively in the conservation and restoration of paintings and works on paper.

“This year’s selection process for this program was particularly exciting. All three students performed very well in the selection process and have promising careers in conservation ahead of them. We are delighted to welcome them. in our team and give them a solid head start,” said stephen grittdirector of conservation and technical research at the NGC.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for MAC students at Queen’s to learn alongside the incredible team of restorers at the National Gallery of Canada,” said Patricia SmithPhD, ACR, Associate Professor, Conservation of Paintings, Director of the Art Conservation Program, Queen’s University. “Their mentorship and guidance will provide Doris, John and Carl with continued support as they enter the field of art conservation, caring for and preserving the cultural heritage of Canada and beyond. I am grateful to the Gallery and the generous donor who made this possible. »

About the NGC Diversity Curatorial Internship Program

Launched in 2021, this internship is part of the Gallery’s new vision, embodied in its strategic plan transform together. One of the goals of the internship program is to allow aspiring conservators to learn and network with experienced professionals. The internship is fully funded by a donation from a generous patron of the Museum through the NGC Foundation.

Additionally, the Canadian Conservation Institute will host the three aspiring conservators and expose them to the science of conservation and the broader issues of heritage preservation.

Students interested in pursuing a career as an art conservator or who would like to learn more about the internship program can contact the Gallery at [email protected].

About the NGC Foundation

The Foundation welcomes new donations to ensure the continuity of the program in the years to come. Anyone interested in supporting this initiative or others should contact Lisa TurcotteExecutive Director of the NGC Foundation to: [email protected].

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is committed to supporting the National Gallery of Canada Canada in the fulfillment of its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Museum with the additional financial support needed to lead from Canada local, national and international visual arts community. The mix of public support and private philanthropy enables the Museum to preserve and interpret from Canada visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred donations for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit and follow us on Twitter @NGC_Foundation.

About the Department of Conservation and the National Gallery of Canada
Ankosé — Everything is connected — Everything is connected

The NGC has a large curatorial department, with specializations in the fields of contemporary art, paintings and frames; sculpture and decorative arts; to prints, drawings and photographs. Each year, the team of restorers treats nearly 2,000 works drawn from the important national collection.

The National Gallery of Canada is dedicated to amplifying voices through art and expanding the reach and breadth of its collection, exhibition program and public activities to represent all Canadians, while centering the ways of knowing and be indigenous. Ankose—an Anishinaabemowin word meaning Everything is connected— reflects the Gallery’s mission to create dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds and enable new ways of seeing ourselves, each other and our diverse histories, through the visual arts. The NGC is home to a rich international collection of contemporary Indigenous art, as well as significant collections of historical and contemporary Canadian and European art from the 14e at 21st centuries. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for over a century. To learn more about the Museum’s programming and activities, visit and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. #Ankose #EverythingIsRelated #EverythingIsRelated.

About Queen’s University Master of Art Conservation Program

Queen’s University offers the only Master in Art Conservation program in Canada. Students specialize in the conservation of paintings, artifacts, or paper objects or conduct research in conservation science. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the degree of Master of Art Conservation. For more information visit

About the Canadian Conservation Institute

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), a Special Operating Agency within the Department of Canadian Heritage, advances and promotes the conservation of heritage collections by Canada through its expertise in conservation science, treatment and preventive conservation. CCI works with heritage institutions and professionals to ensure that these heritage collections are preserved and accessible to Canadians now and in the future. For more information, visit

SOURCE National Gallery of Canada

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