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Nylah Byrd

NEA Book Fellow
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts


Philadelphia, PA, USA


Nylah Byrd is a NEA Book Fellow at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. She received her B.A. with Honors in Archaeology from Stanford University in 2018 and her M.S. in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 2022. She is currently a Core Group member of the AIC Ethics Core Documents Revision Task Force and a founding member of the Black Art Conservators group. Her research interests include equity and inclusion in conservation, preserving ephemera, and fabrication of inorganic objects. She is particularly passionate about public engagement and community connections within art conservation and cultural heritage institutions in the United States. Her long-term career goal is to practice people-centered conservation as a community conservator. She wishes to offer her conservation skills to a local marginalized community (especially if Black and/or Indigenous) for the preservation and continuation of their culture through caring for objects.

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