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VoCA Journal: A Silent Roundtable Discussion

Photo of Wickens, seated in a wheelchair, teaching Murtore about light degradation and color-matching in textile conservation.

Joelle Wickens teaching Karissa Murtore about light degradation and color-matching in textile conservation. The image was taken to be intentional about including her wheelchair. (Image credit: Melissa King)

In "A Silent Roundtable Discussion," featured in Issue 10 of VoCA Journal, conservators Joelle Wickens, Sally Gunhee Kim, and Sarah Scaturro explore their personal and professional experiences with disability, and consider how the art conservation profession is enriched and strengthened by accommodating practitioners with a wide variety of abilities. This article is one of six included in this issue of VoCA Journal, which focuses on access and the arts and aims to provide tools, tips, and conceptual frameworks that can guide us all to bring access to the work we do. Led by guest editor, writer and critic Emily Watlington, the issue also features contributions from artists Panteha Abareshi and Joseph Grigely; audio describer Victor Cole; educator Elizabeth Guffey; and Program Coordinator Natalie Sandstrom.

VoCA Journal is a digital publication that highlights artist-centric, cross-disciplinary conversations around contemporary art stewardship, creating a dynamic repository for these discussions while connecting members of the VoCA network both locally and across the globe. To learn more, go to