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For more than 60 years, the annual installation of the Carnegie Trees has been the signature event of the Women's Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art. The trees are decorated with ornaments handmade by the committee and are on display at the Hall of Architecture through the holidays.

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Tiffany Sims

Tiffany Sims

As a high school student in Florida, Tiffany Sims was immersed in the world of dance when her Advanced Placement art history teacher, Lacy Van Reeth, opened Sims’ eyes to wider possibilities. “She told us about the new director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Franklin Sirmans,” Sims recalls, “When she displayed his picture on the projector for the class to see, I thought to myself, ‘Oh, my goodness! That’s a Black man, in this high position within the museum world.’ It opened my eyes to the possibility of myself being within the art world.” Sims, 25, went on to the University of Florida where she graduated with a B.A. in art history in 2021 and then joined the University of Pittsburgh’s Hot Metal Bridge post-baccalaureate fellowship program. In May 2022, Sims became Carnegie Museum of Art’s Margaret Powell Curatorial Fellow, working alongside museum curators and staff to breathe life into the Milton and Sheila Fine Collection exhibition.

Trương Công Tùng, installation view of the state of absence—voices from outside, 2020, in the 58th Carnegie International, Courtesy of the artist and Carnegie Museum of Art.

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Inside the Museums

Conservators play a critical role in not only the preservation of art but also its creation. They are partners with artists to realize their vision, even as they are stewards of it and the museum where it will be exhibited.