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Johanna Rivera-Diaz

Conservator
Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation
Radiation Safety Officer

Email: jrd123@clemson.edu

Office: 843-730-5091

Education:
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

Responsibilities:
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. She assisted during the phase 4 of the excavation of artifacts and her work has included the conservation and treatment of marine archaeological artifacts associated with the H.L. Hunley; she’s the manager of the Hunley's collection as well as being responsible for the upkeep of the storage rooms and performs preventive conservation. She’s also in charge of photography and cataloging of artifacts. She’s currently conducting the de-concretion of the submarine's hull. Starting in November of 2015 Johanna took over as the new Radiation Safety Officer for the Lash Lab.

She has also worked as a conservation consultant for several other projects performing tasks as a trainer in preventive conservation and assessor of collections. These projects have 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.

Research interest:
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.

Publications under review:
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. "The use of refurbished marine containers as a permanent storage solution for the maritime collection of the H.L.Hunley submarine"

Forthcoming:
Rivera, Johanna; Scafuri, Michael. “The Sea, the Sub, and Maritime Collaboration: How conservators and archaeologists worked together to recover and conserve the H.L. Hunley submarine”. To be published in proceedings, Engaging Conservation: Collaboration Across Disciplines. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. October 6th-8th 2016.

Rivera, Johanna; Kasprzok, Lisa M.; Boussert, Stephanie; Crette, Stephanie. “Restoring the Light to a 19th Century Candle Lost at Sea: Conservation and Chemical Analysis of a Candle recovered from the H.L. Hunley Submarine”. Proceedings of the 13th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference. Florence, Italy. Submitted May 2016.

Peer reviewed articles and conference proceedings:
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.

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. Greenville, North Carolina. May 2010.

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; 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.

Newsletters:
Rivera, Johanna. “Conserving the CSS PeeDee cannon artifacts” University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 6, Issue 4 January 2016.

Rivera, Johanna. “Removing the concretion: it isn’t easy”. The Blue Light. Friends of the Hunley newsletter. Volume 46, summer 2015

Rivera, Johanna. “Deconcreting the H.L.Hunley submarine”. University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 6, Issue 1. April 2015

Rivera, Johanna. “Conserving a waterlogged leather shoe from Mars Bluff”. University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 5, Issue 4. January 2015

Rivera, Johanna. “New storage for the H.L.Hunley artifacts”. University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 5, Issue 3. October 2014

Rivera, Johanna; Quinn-Smith, Raegan. “The 150th anniversary of the H.L.Hunley submarine”. University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 5, Issue 1. April 2014

Rivera, Johanna. “The next step in the H.L.Hunley submarine conservation treatment”. University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 4, Issue 4. January 2014

Rivera, Johanna. “Conserving a small fragment of textile from the Hilton Head Wreck”. University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 4, Issue 3. October 2013

Rivera, Johanna. “Treating a Lignum Vitae Sheave from the Hilton Head Wreck”. University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 4, Issue 2. July 2013

Rivera, Johanna. “Conserving a unique set of binoculars from the H.L.Hunley submarine”. University of South Carolina, Maritime Research Division, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology – Quarterly Reporter, Volume 3, Issue 4. January 2013

Conference presentations- Invited lectures:
“Conserving the H.L.Hunley submarine”. Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant. June 8th, 2016

 “The Digital Hunley, from Excavation to Conservation: Digitizing and writing metadata for collections of artifacts from the Civil War-era submarine H.L.Hunley”.  Johanna Rivera, Bradley Blankemeyer. Presentation as part of the session “Digitization of Cultural Heritage. One Size Fits All: South Carolina Digital Library Partnership Opportunities”.  South Carolina Library Association Conference. Columbia, South Carolina. October 2015

 “Introduction to Conservation”. Guest lecturer. Clemson University. Department of Sociology and Anthropology . Class: Anthropology 3310: Introduction to Archaeology. March 2015

 “Conserving artifacts from the H.L. Hunley”Guest speaker at the National Civil War Museum. Harrisburg Pennsylvania.  September 2014

 “Introduction to Conservation”. Guest lecturer. Clemson University. Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Class: Anthropology 3310: Introduction to Archaeology. March 2013

 “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.   

 “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

 “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.

Posters:
Rivera, Johanna. “Preliminary analysis of a candle recovered from the H.L.Hunley submarine”. Proceedings of the 12th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference. Istanbul, Turkey 2013.

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. “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. “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.

Professional society activity:
Board member 2014-2016 South East Regional Conservation Association
Vice President 2016-Present South East Regional Conservation Association.
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.

Additional Information:
Ms. Rivera is a PADI certified Advanced Open Water diver. :