Art Conservation

Scholarship Entrant: Ashley from 7824 SE Henderson Court, Oregon
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Ashley: 43

I don’t want to change the world; I want to save the world we have. Our current culture is in awe what is new. This obsession breeds destruction. First world nations consume everything; resources, the environment, and worse of all: heritage. Before civilization, there was art. Art like the Chauvet Cave tell many stories of humankind thousands of years ago. The Greek Pantheon, though left behind by a dead culture, left blueprints for the architects of Ancient Rome, then Florence Italy centuries after Rome fell. The frescoes of the Catacombs in Paris still stand. We know a time and place where early Christians came together to worship in a world that rejected them. Art teaches history and creates wonder. Conservators still debate over where little thousand-year old clay figurines were idols or dolls a potter made for his daughter. Art sparks imagination and breeds questions. Through the practice of art conservation, art and culture is saved, answering many of these questions. I study to become an art conservator. I wish to show where we came from, and what we can build. I will receive my bachelors in art history and minor in Chemistry. I will intern through the Portland Art Museum, then I will receive my Masters in art conservation. I aim to study in one of the many art schools in Europe. I want to not only see the Sistine chapel, but to touch it, to preserve it so that my descendants may be in awe of it.

Vote for Ashley: 43

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