Research Lab Associate, Science
Born in the small city of Bobruysk in Belorussia, Art emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was five years old. The family ultimately settled in Santa Monica, California, where he attended school, showing an early interest in mathematics. As a child, he spent a fair amount of time in his father's shop, where his father, an artist and silkscreen painter, created and printed silkscreen designs for a variety of materials. Art's mother made certain he was exposed to the arts and culture, in part by taking him up to the Getty Villa five or six times a year.
After graduating from Santa Monica High School in 1992, he worked at several different jobs, including coaching children's athletics for the Santa Monica Parks and Recreation Department, before enrolling at Loyola Marymount University. Still uncertain about what he wanted to do, he left the university after two years and joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves, where he served as a radio operator at Marine bases in California.
In 1999 he returned to school, enrolling at California State University, Northridge, where he majored in biochemistry, with the intent of studying pharmacology in graduate school. While there, Art became a student of chemistry professor David Miller, who was collaborating with GCI scientist Dusan Stulik on a project. Art ended up working on another GCI project, the conservation of the fourteenth-century glass mosaic on St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, by assisting in the analysis of glass samples from the mosaic.
In 2004, as he was applying to graduate school in pharmacology, Art was asked if he wanted to apply for a research associate position with the GCI's Science department. Concluding that work at the Conservation Institute might prove more engaging than dispensing medication, he interviewed for the GCI job and joined the staff in the same year—a year in which he also got married.
Since arriving at the Institute, Art has worked primarily on the Research on the Conservation of Photographs project; in addition, he serves as the coordinator of the GCI Reference Collection of art materials, cataloging samples in the reference collection database. He enjoys the variety in his work, the challenge of trying to solve the scientific unknowns that the work presents, and the opportunity to travel. He is also enjoying his daughter, Emma, born in July.