About

Professor Marinas has been the Director of the Museum Conservation Program at New Mexico State University since 2002. During 2000-2001, she served as the Acting Director of NMSU’s Art Gallery. From 1998 to 2008, she was the gallery’s conservator; and between 1998 and 2000, she was the conservator for the exhibition “El Favor de los Santos:The Retablo Collection of New Mexico State University.”

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D.W. Williams Hall
P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3572
Las Cruces, NM 88003

Phone: 575-646-4011

Email: smarinas@nmsu.edu

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EDUCATION

2003-2008 – Post-graduate studies at Campbell Center in Care of Photographic Collections, Care of Works on Paper, Mastering In-painting and Collections Management in Storage

1998 – MA in Anthropology, New Mexico State University (NMSU).  Published Master’s Thesis entitled: Paquimé: Architecture, Labor, and Sociopolitical Complexity.  – Graduate Minor in Art History (18 credits)

1994 – Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Madrid; Título de  Licenciatura in Art Conservation and Restoration (equivalent to MA). Major:  Archæology;  Thesis: History and Conservation of Adobe (in Spanish).

1991 – Academia Peña Fine Arts, Madrid; two-year certificate in drawing and painting.

1985 – School for Computer Sciences, Madrid; two-year diploma in computer sciences.

1979 – Universidad Complutense de Madrid; one year in major Art History.

 

EMPLOYMENT

1994 to present – Art Conservator in Private Practice

2002 to present  – Art Conservator/Professor. Director of the Museum Conservation Program at NMSU. Adjunct professor in the Anthropology Department at NMSU. Creation of the Museum Conservation Undergraduate Program at NMSU (Second in the USA). Teaching 4 Conservation classes, Internships and Special Topics classes at NMSU as part of the Museum Conservation Program. Creation of Museum Studies Graduate Certificate at NMSU in conjunction with the Art, History and Anthropology departments.

2001-2002 – Acting Director of the University Art Gallery at NMSU. Sending the traveling exhibition “El Favor de los Santos” to 2 venues in USA, 3 venues in Mexico and 2 venues in Spain. JUDY CHICAGO Show. USA Cancer Association Show. Creation of the two databases for both the Permanent Collection and the Retablo Collection at NMSU Art Gallery (almost 4,000 items) Administration of New Mexico Legislative House Bill II Grant, under Rep. J. Paul Taylor (Conservation, exhibition and cataloguing of the NMSU retablo collection $300,000).

1998-2001 – Conservator of the 19th Century Mexican Retablo Collection of New Mexico State University (Conservation Project $200,000), including Conservation Project for the International Exhibition of the 19th Mexican retablos “El Favor de los Santos: The Retablo Collection of New Mexico State University”, University Art Gallery, NMSU; ($180 Stockman Family Foundation Grant). Additional duties as Collection Conservator/Manager: conservation of the 19th Mexican retablos from NMSU Collection, NMSU Permanent Collection, and 20th century paintings for the 98 Gala Art Auction, NMSU Art Gallery.

 

ADDITIONAL STUDIES AND WORK 

2012 – American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting  (Albuquerque)

2011-2013 – New Mexico Regional Reporter for the WAAC Newsletter

2010– Cleaning 2010 “New Insights into the cleaning of paintings” Valencia, Spain, Sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute.

2004-2005 – Teaching Academy NMSU- Sustaining member – more than 20 hours of  professional development.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS PRESENTED

2010 – Catalog and condition reports for the NMSU Exhibition “Connecting with the  Divine: Devotional Art in New Mexico” June 4-August 6, 2010

2001 – “Conservation of Mexican Retablos on Tin” Catalogue for the International Exhibition “El Favor de los Santos: The Retablo Collection of New Mexico State University”(300 pp.), University of New Mexico Press

2000 – “Paquimé: A Link Between Mesoamerica and the Pueblo World” article published in The Best of Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Chihuahua: Where History Meets the Future; by Sunracer Publications, Richard D. Fisher, Ed.;

1999 –  “Paquimé: Architecture, Labor and Sociopolitical Complexity,” (Thesis), The

 Artifact, Nov. 1999.

1999 -“Paquimé: Architecture, Labor and Sociopolitical Complexity,” paper published in the

Transaction of the 34th Annual Symposium for the Southwest Federation of Archaeological Societies (SWFAS), Southeastern New Mexico and Western Texas – 1999.

1999 – “The Architecture of Salinas Pueblo Missions” The Artifact, Vol. 37, No.1, 1999

1998 -“Paquimé: Architecture, Labor and Sociopolitical Complexity,” paper presented at

the 34th Annual Symposium for the Southwest Federation of Archaeological Societies (SWFAS), El Paso, Texas, April-17-19, 1998.

1998 – “Paquimé: Architecture, Labor, and Sociopolitical Complexity”, paper presented at the Graduate Research and Arts Symposium, NMSU, April 24.

1998 – “Paquimé: Architecture, Labor, and Sociopolitical Complexity”, paper presented at the 63th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), March 25-29, Seattle.

1997 – II Seminario Internacional Sobre Conservación y Restauración de Arquitectura de Tierra (ICRA), Mexican Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and USDI National Park Service, Casas Grandes, Mexico. May 1997 (invited guest).

1996 – “Restoration and Preservation in Archaeology”, paper presented at the El Paso Archaeological Society (EPAS), January 1996.

Summer 1995, Unit Summary, Eastern Mimbres Archaeological Project (EMAP) , SITE LA37726, UNIT 21, John P. Zielinski with contributions by Javier Cruz, Silvia Marinas, Sarah Morris and Bill Neidel Jr. (report)

1995 – Seminar  “Restoration and Preservation in Archaeology”, New Mexico State University – Alamogordo, October 1995.

1995 – “Restoring Some 2500-Year-Old Bronze Iberian Jewelry”, Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Albuquerque, NM, March 1995.

1995“Restoration of a Roman Villa Mosaic”, Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Albuquerque, NM, March 1995.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

NMSU Graduate Faculty member

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

Western Association for Art Conservators (WAAC)