Nicole Peters is an objects conservator from Skagway, Alaska, where she lives and operates a private conservation practice. Nicole received her M.A and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College in 2016. She is currently working on an IMLS Museums for America Collections Stewardship Grant at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe, NM, where she is helping to conserve Jicarilla and Western Apache basketry, historic Navajo silverwork, and pottery from the Maria Martinez Family Legacy Historic Period Pottery collection. Nicole has completed conservation projects at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska.
Nicole has also completed conservation treatments and research projects at the Amarna archaeological site in Tell el-Amarna, Egypt, and has worked on Islamic artworks and Damascene architectural interiors at the Shangri La, the Doris Duke Center for Islamic Art and Cultures, in Honolulu, HI. Nicole completed a one-year graduate fellowship at the Arizona State Museum, where she assisted with conservation projects for North American Native southwest pottery and worked on an IMLS-sponsored basketry project involving the treatment, housing, and preservation of delicate woven and coiled basketry. Nicole has worked extensively with the Alaska Region National Park Service, Alaskan Native Cultural Centers, local museums, and non-profit organizations conserving collections and performing backcountry preservation work throughout the state of Alaska. The experiences Nicole has accrued continue to inspire her to work with collections containing cultural, archaeological, and historical objects and artworks.