Dawn Kriss is a Totem Assistant Conservator at the American Museum of Natural History. Her prior experience includes over three years as a project objects conservator at the Brooklyn Museum, a Mellon Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and internships at the J. Paul Getty Villa Museum, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
With a background in Andean archaeology, she has completed a number of related research projects in this region. She has also worked on archaeological sites in Chile and served as chief conservator at the Vitor Valley Archaeological Project in Perú.
While she has extensive experience working with museum collection objects, Dawn also specializes in providing training and consultation on multiband (broadband multispectral) and conservation imaging techniques. Dawn Kriss LLC provides objects conservation, imaging, and consultation services. Dawn is a guest lecturer at NYU’s IFA Conservation Center, and has taught multiple broadband multispectral imaging workshops at other institutions along the eastern seaboard, including at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Johns Hopkins University, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
As a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Dawn abides by their Guidelines for Practice and Code of Ethics. She received her MA in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Objects from the UCLA/Getty Master’s Program.
Dawn studied photography at UCLA, under Catherine Opie and Walead Beshty. She now photographs landscapes, events, portraits, and whatever else strikes her fancy. You can see more of her photos, here.
Dawn shares some of her favorite plant-based food recipes, and their photos, on her blog, Little Vegan Eats.