Sophia Zweifel joined CSI as an Assistant Conservator in May 2017. She was awarded an M.A.C in Art Conservation treatment from Queen’s University (2015) specializing in objects, and holds MA and BA degrees in Art History from University College London (UCL) and the University of British Columbia. Sophia has completed fellowships in Textile Conservation at the Canadian Conservation Institute and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, where she developed and carried out research projects and performed in-depth textile conservation treatments.
She has worked contracts at the McCord Museum, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and with Conservation of Sculpture, Monuments and Objects (CSMO). Her projects have included the treatment of diverse composite materials in preparation for a toys exhibit, the stabilization of a large-scale architectural model, and the renewal of bronze plaques.
Sophia has performed curriculum and pre-program internships at the Canadian Museum of History, and in the Objects laboratory at the Canadian Conservation Institute, where she completed a challenging repair of a torn First World War base drum. She conducted her pre-program volunteer work at the UCL Special Collections Library and in the conservation lab at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Sophia is a member of the Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC-ACCR), the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and the Institute for Conservation (ICON). She is currently a Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the CAC-ACCR Ad-hoc Advocacy Committee, where she works to raise awareness about conservation and conservation issues in Canada.
The projects Sophia is currently working on with CSI include:
- The collections survey of the City of Calgary’s Public Art Collection
- The conservation treatment of one of the original concrete lion sculptures from Calgary’s Centre Bridge