Joyce Hill Stoner
Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor in Material Culture
Director, Preservation Studies Doctoral Program,
University of Delaware
Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation
Joyce Hill Stoner has taught for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation for 31 years and served as its director for 15 years (1982-1997). She graduated Phi Beta Kappa summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary in 1968. She received her Master’s degree in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University (1970), her diploma in conservation at the NYU Conservation Center (1973), and a Ph.D. in Art History (1995, UD); her dissertation was on artist James McNeill Whistler. In 1996 she was promoted to the rank of full Professor at the University of Delaware. She has been a Visiting Scholar in at the Metropolitan Museum and at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She served as Managing Editor for Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts for 17 years, and has served on the AATA editorial board for the section on paintings conservation since 1987. She founded the first Ph.D. program for Art Conservation in North America at the University of Delaware in 1990 which has graduated six students to date. She now serves as the Director of the Preservation Studies Doctoral Program for the UD which embraces topics in both Historic Preservation and technical study of art and artifacts. In 1975, she founded the oral history project for the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation and has interviewed more than 55 major art conservation professionals internationally.
Both an art historian and a practicing paintings conservator, Stoner has treated paintings for many museums and private collectors and was senior conservator of the team for the five-year project of examination and treatment of Whistler’s Peacock Room at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In summer of 1998 she supervised the treatment of a 19’ x 60’ mural by N. C. Wyeth at the WSFS building in downtown Wilmington. She coordinated the 1998 exhibition and catalogue Picture Delaware for the Delaware Art Museum (modeled after Picture L.A., sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute) giving cameras to a group of multicultural teenagers to photograph their personal landmarks in order to introduce them to concepts of historic preservation. In 2006-07 she served as guest curator for Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth, and Basquiat for the Brandywine River, McNay, and Farnsworth museums.
Stoner has authored more than 85 book chapters and articles, and has recently been studying the paintings of the Wyeth family and published A Closer Look: Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth for the Delaware Art Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum in June 1998 to accompany the exhibition “Wondrous Strange” in addition to articles on Andy Warhol and Jamie Wyeth and N. C. Wyeth’s studio in the American Art journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
She is now co-editing the multi-author, international, 700-page Butterworths-Elsevier book on Conservation of Easel Paintings due to be published in 2011. She just finished her term as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the College Art Association and continues to serve as a Vice President of the Council of the International Institute for Conservation. In 2004 she was appointed to the U.S. Senate Art Advisory Committee and in 2005 to the Delaware State Arts Council. In June 2003 she received the AIC “Lifetime Achievement Award” sponsored by University Products.