Bio

Alison Kipe is an artist based in Madison, New Jersey and will be graduating from Drew University in May 2021 with a double major in art history and studio art and a triple minor in German, Italian, and chemistry. She is pursuing an Art Conservation graduate degree, specializing in object conservation with a particular focus with metallic pieces. During her study at Drew, she has worked for the Library and Special Collections under Masato Okinaka conserving the collections’ pieces. She has used various conservation techniques while working on rare books, pamphlets, watercolors, acorns, elephant folios, a Greek krater, medallions and myriad of other items. Alison has worked on several exhibitions with Drew’s Special Collections, building supports for items and assisting in their installation.  In the summer of 2019, she worked on cataloging the Drew Athletic Hall of Fame Portraits while removing adhesive and repairing damage before their digitization. Additionally, she was tasked with independently assessing, rehousing, and organizing the Byron and Yount Collections. She now manages the Drew Conservation Department, training other student workers and ensuring the execution of long-term projects. Within her art, Alison works with a plethora of media, focusing particularly with oil paint, drawing, digital art, sculpture, and encaustic. Her most recent work engages the connection between form and function. She also has an ongoing series on the visual transcription of music into color.

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