Jim Hinz MFA '95 (Book Arts/Printmaking) is currently director of book conservation at the Conservation Center of Art and Historical Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia. He worked as a conservation intern at the American Philosophical Society in 1994 and as a conservation technician at CCAHA from 1996 to 1998.
He was hired as a library conservator at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del., in 1998 and was appointed head of library conservation there in 2003, with overall responsibility for conservation, preservation and supervision of a staff of technicians and volunteers. While at Hagley, he co-curated and designed the exhibition “Raymond Loewy: Designs for a Consumer Culture,” which received a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Grant in 2005 and toured nationally.
Hinz rejoined the staff of CCAHA in 2005 and has provided conservation treatment on rare books from the collections of Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, among others.
In addition to his work as a conservator, Hinz is also a recognized fine artist. He was awarded the highly competitive Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2003. He is a professional associate member of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Books (AIC) and is the managing editor of AIC’s The Book and Paper Group Annual. He lectures on book conservation and teaches workshops on book repair.