Rachel Wetzel rejoined the staff at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in September of 2007 as a conservator of photographs and works of art on paper.
Prior to her return to the Center, she completed internships at the George Eastman House and the Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology, both in Rochester NY, Heugh-Edmonson Conservation, LLC (Kansas City, MO), at the private conservation studio of Paul Messier (Boston, MA) and at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC).
Ms. Wetzel received a Bachelors of Arts in Art History & Sculpture from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA in 1997 and a Masters of Arts degree with a certificate in Art Conservation in 2005 from the State University of New York, Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY. In 2007, she received a certificate for the completion of the Advance Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.
Ms. Wetzel recently completed a research project titled the Short-term and Long-term Effects of Light Bleaching Silver Gelatin Photographs. Her previous research projects titled A Survey and Evaluation of the Use of Light Bleaching Techniques for Photographic Materials and Optical Brighteners-A Study of Water Solubility have been published in Topics in Photographic Preservation Volume Twelve (2007) and Volume Eleven (2005) respectively.