Megan joined the Museum in 2021 as Objects Conservator on an IMLS grant-funded project entitled Northwest Coast Collection: Building Bridges and Detailed Conservation Survey. On this project, Megan is evaluating the condition of items from the Anthropology Department’s Northwest Coast Collection. In addition to completing examinations and treatment proposals for the diverse collection, Megan is also in communication with the communities from which the items come: Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw, Tlingit, Haida, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Makah. This collaboration with community members is key to better understanding the collection items, promoting access, and planning for long-term care of these items in culturally appropriate ways.
Originally from Los Angeles, Megan fell in love with cultural heritage conservation during her undergraduate studies at Yale University, where she earned a BA with a double major in History of Art and Egyptology. In 2020, she graduated with her MA from the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials. Megan has conservation experience at fine arts, natural history, and conservation science institutions, as well as with archaeological excavations and in private practice. Megan’s research interests include analytical imaging techniques, collaboration with communities and makers, and treatment options for polyurethane foam.
Northwest Coast Conservation
Join Conservator Megan Salas to take a close look at a few items that are currently in the conservation lab as part of the IMLS grant focused on the Northwest Coast Collection.