Karina Beeman has extensive academic and practical training in fine art conservation. She received a diploma in oil and tempera painting conservation from Rerih College of Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1998. During that time she also attended classes in gilded frames conservation and graphic art conservation. She is a 2003 graduate of the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Saint Petersburg, Russia with a masters degree in the History of Art and Art Criticism. Her master’s thesis was entitled “Aesthetics of Japanese Scrolls”.
In 1998 she was appointed conservator in the Oriental Painting Conservation Laboratory of The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Major projects included conservation treatment of rare art objects from Khara-Khoto (XII-XIV centuries) and Dunghuang (IX century), tahgka-icons from Tibet, Buryatia, China (XVIII-XIX centuries),and a series of Japanese fans and graphic arts. She holds certificate of conservator of graphic art II category, ratified by The State Certifying Commission of Conservation of Culture Ministry of Russian Federation.
An occasional focus of the Oriental Painting Conservation Laboratory, Karina gradually turned her interests to the field of photograph conservation. Gaining experience, she conserved many photographic prints and aided in the exhibition preparation for photographs from the collections of The State Hermitage Museum.
In 2005 she joined the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow. During this time, she took part in a major survey of daguerreotypes from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum. Following her tenure at the Advanced Residency Program, she was awarded an Eastman House Fellowship to coordinate a major survey of The State Hermitage Museum’s numerous collections of photographs. During this time she also took part in the treatment of a group of important daguerreotypes from Hispanic Society, NYC.
She joined Paul Messier’s Boston studio in September, 2008.