Adjunct Professor MSHP
Radiation Safety Officer
2011 Graduate Certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care. Museum Studies Program. George Washington University
2004 MA in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. Universidad de Chile
2001 BA in Fine Arts with a major in Art Theory and History. Universidad de Chile
Johanna obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad de Chile in 2001, and continued her studies at the University to obtain her Postgraduate degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. She recently completed the graduate certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from George Washington University.
Before graduating Johanna worked for a variety of museums and conservation laboratories in Chile, including the National Library in Santiago, where she conserved and restored books, maps, and documents from its vast collection of archival materials. Johanna also conducted preventive conservation of lithics, ceramics, and metals in the collection of pre-Columbian artifacts at the Archaeological Museum of Santiago, and the Maritime Museum in Valparaíso, where she initiated an assessment of metal artifacts.
Her thesis research, which addressed conservation of marine artifacts, took her to Switzerland, where she participated in the conservation of metal artifacts from El San Diego, a Spanish galleon lost off the Philippines in 1600.
Johanna joined the H.L.Hunley Submarine Project in Charleston, SC in 2005. Her work has included the conservation and treatment of marine archaeological artifacts associated with the H.L. Hunley; the excavation and maintenance of the submarine; storage management and preventive conservation; photography and cataloging of artifacts, among others.
She has also work as a conservation consultant for several other projects performing tasks as a trainer in preventive conservation and assessor of collections. These projects has included Drayton Hall’s metal collection; South Adgers Wharf excavation project in downtown Charleston conserving their waterlogged materials; Peru conducting preventive conservation, packaging, storage of metals, textiles and a chimu-Inca mummy from the site “El Purgatorio” in Casma; among others.
Her main interest includes theoretical and practical research in the treatment and conservation of waterlogged textiles, as well as new techniques for storage of artifacts in a microclimate environment and preventive conservation.
Permanent columnist of the “Quaterly Reporter Newsletter”. Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program. Maritime Research Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina. 2010 to present.
Rivera, Johanna. “Conserving waterlogged materials from the H.L. Hunley”. Guest speaker at the Archaeological Society of South Carolina’s Annual conference on South Carolina Archaeology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, April 14th 2012.
Rivera, Johanna; Quinn, Raegan. "Preserving the past through public outreach: The H.L.Hunley and a decade of discovery". Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Conference "Playing to the Galleries and Engaging New Audiences: the public face of conservation". Williamsburg, Virginia. November 2011. In press.
Rivera, Johanna. “Artifacts Found Aboard the H.L. Hunley Submarine: Conservation and Analysis”. Guest speaker as part of the “Maritime Archaeology Lecture Series”. Organized by the Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina. Charleston County Library. October 12th. 2011
Rivera, Johanna. “A new approach to excavating and handling waterlogged textiles from the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley”. Conference presentation at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference. Ocean City, Maryland. March 2011.
Stroud, Sarah E.; Rivera Johanna. “Revolutionary Preservation at Drayton Hall”. Poster presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) conference. Austin, Texas. January, 2011.
Rivera, Johanna; Mardikian, Paul; Nied, Daniel. “Conservation of Lt. Dixon's Pocket Watch Recovered from the H.L Hunley Submarine (1864)” Poster presented at the ICOM-CC Metals Working group conference. Charleston, South Carolina. October 2010.
Rivera, Johanna; Jacobsen, Maria; Mardikian, Paul; Scafuri, Michael; de Vivies, Philippe. “A new approach to excavating and handling waterlogged textiles from the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley”. Proceedings of the 11th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference. Grenville, North Carolina. May 2010.
Rivera, Johanna. “El uso de mecanismos de absorción de oxigeno para el almacenaje de objetos compuestos provenientes de ambientes subacuáticos.” Poster presented in the 3rd Latin-American Conference in Metal Restoration. Ciudad de México. September 2009.
Watters, Chris; Blouin, Vincent; Brocard, Typhaine; de Vivies, Philippe; Mardikian, Paul; Rivera, Johanna. “Remove it or lose it! Removing of the forward and aft ballast tank pumps and the strategic planning for the long term preservation of the H.L. Hunley submarine.” Poster presented in the American Institute for Conservation 37th Annual Meeting. May 2009. Los Angeles, California.
Rivera, Johanna; Mardikian, Paul; Cretté, Stéphanie. “Waterlogged textile recovered from the Civil War submarine H.L.Hunley: Identification and conservation of textile belonging to Lieutenant George Dixon”. Textile Specialty Group Postprints. Volume 19, 2009 (29-144). American Institute for Conservation 37th Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, California. May 2009.
Rivera, Johanna; de Vivies, Philippe; Hacke, Marei; Ballard, Mary; Drews, Michael; Mardikian, Paul. “Conserving a Unique Waterlogged Silk Bandana from the H.L Hunley Submarine (1864)”. Textile Specialty Group Postprints Volume 18, 2008 (38-55). American Institute for Conservation 36th Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado. April 2008.
Rivera, Johanna; Mardikian, Paul. “La Responsabilidad en el Rescate de Artefactos Marinos: El Caso del H.L. Hunley (1864), un Proyecto Desafiante en el Campo de la Conservación Subacuática”. Revista de Arqueología Americana. Journal of American Archaeology. Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia. Vol. 26 2008 (87-130).
Rivera, Johanna. “Descubrimiento, reflote y excavación del submarino norteamericano H.L.Hunley”. Poster presented in the 3rd Chilean Conference in Conservation and Restoration. Santiago, Chile. October 2007.
Rivera, Johanna. “Deterioro y conservación de materiales orgánicos provenientes del submarino norteamericano H.L.Hunley”. Poster presented in the 3rd Chilean Conference in Conservation and Restoration. Santiago, Chile. October 2007.
Rivera, Johanna; Berger, Olivier. “Restauración y conservación de metal arqueológico subacuático: plata y bronce. Objetos provenientes del galeón español San Diego (1600)”. Proceedings of the 2nd Latin-American Conference in Metal Restoration. Rio de Janeiro. Brasil. July 2005.
Professional society activity:
Associate member of the “American Institute for Conservation”. Textile and objects Specialty group.
Associate member of the “Latin-American Group on Metal Restoration”. in association with ICOM-CC-Metal Working Group.
Associate member of Southeast Regional Conservation Association.
Honors and awards:
George Washington University. Tuition scholarship.
Ms. Rivera is a Padi certified Advanced Open Water diver. :