Geneva Griswold is currently a second year master’s student in the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials. During 2012, Geneva’s fieldwork included the Getty Conservation Institute’s treatment of David Alfaro Siqueiros’ mural América Tropical, in downtown Los Angeles; conservation of wall paintings and polychrome sculpture in Sacro Monte di Varallo, Italy; and the treatment of two Northwest Coast totem poles at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. In 2013, Geneva will begin thesis research and treatment on a Plains Indian headdress.
Geneva graduated from Scripps College with a B.A. in Art History and Hispanic Studies. In 2007, she was selected for the Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Foundation scholarship to support study for a master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she researched painting and sculptural trends in Europe, Nationalism, and Internationalism: Cultural Identity and European Art c. 1907-1945. Thereafter, Geneva served on projects including cataloguing and stabilization of a collection of Moche and Nazca ceramics in the San Marcos University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology in Lima, Perú; treatment of the Royal Presidio Chapel’s stone façade in Monterey, California; and documentation of the architectural stabilization efforts of the Shunet el-Zebib, a second dynasty funerary monument in Abydos, Egypt. Geneva’s current research interests include the treatment of painted surfaces and preventive conservation methods.
Geneva’s path has been greatly influenced by Scripps College professors Mary MacNaughton and Juliet Koss and supported by the vibrant Scripps community both locally and abroad.