Elizabeth Provost

Master of Art Conservation, Queen’s University, Conservation ScienceHonours Bachelor's of Science, University of Toronto, Chemistry, Art History

Liz is a Russian-Canadian writer, editor, and aspiring conservation scientist born and raised in Montréal and now based in Toronto. She completed her Honours Bachelor’s of Science with High Distinction at the University of Toronto studying Chemistry and Art History. For the final two years of her undergrad, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Medium, and was invited to give a TEDxUofT talk on the power of student journalism. She was also a Research Assistant on the Bernini's Bronzes technical studies project at UofT and is now a Research Fellow for the Renaissance Polychrome Sculpture in Lazio database project at Queen's University.Liz is now completing her Master of Art Conservation, Research, at Queen’s University. Under the supervision of Aaron Shugar, she is developing a non-destructive analytical protocol for the study of organic coatings made from oils and resins applied to bronze Renaissance sculpture.She hosts the podcast Matter of Art.


Continued - Column: From Liz, With LoveThe Queen's Journal2023-2024Read
Editorial: What you can do in a short timeThe Medium2023Read
Professor Evonne Levy welcoming swerves one project at a timeThe Medium2023Read
Painting Love: A Reflection on Love and MuseumsMedium Magazine2023Read
Love Island UK 2023: The trials and tribulations of being a sexy singleThe Medium2023Read
My Michelin Star experience—is it worth it?The Medium2023Read
Capturing authentic emotions—the power of artThe Medium2023Read
Investing in your future: UTM Capital helps students simulate investment portfoliosThe Medium2023Read
The need to embrace more gender-diverse participation in university athleticsThe Medium2022Read
Controversial protests are not a movement, they are a momentThe Medium2022Read
Between an Atom and a StarMedium Magazine2022Read
“Education for All”: Why university “should be a right, and not a privilege”The Medium2022Read
Vincent van Gogh: An art prodigy with a missing earThe Medium2022Read
Where the Blood Mixes: Revealing the Wounds of Residential SchoolsThe Medium2022Read
My legacy is my studentsThe Medium2022Read
Editorial: Forging our creative legacyThe Medium2022Read
U of T implements vaccine mandate for residence studentsThe Medium2022Read
Column: From Liz, With LoveThe Medium2021-2023Read
Art is WaterMedium Magazine2022Read
Editorial: A year of unforgettable firstsThe Medium2022Read
From Synthesizing and Analyzing Pigments to Uncovering the Truth: The Role of Chemistry in Technical Art HistoryUniversity of Toronto's Journal of Scientific Innovation2022Read
A 21st century love story: the talking stageThe Medium2021Read
A car headed for a cliff? Healthcare in Northern and Rural OntarioMedium Magazine2021Read
Principal Alexandra Gillespie: How the past shapes the presentThe Medium2021Read
Western's disturbing drug and sexual abuse cultureThe Medium2021Read
Editorial: The Medium RenaissanceThe Medium2021Read
Finding HomeMedium Magazine2021Read
I am (not) essentialMedium Magazine2020Read
Max's Big Ride at homeThe Medium2020Read
Dr. Malti awarded for excellence in researchThe Medium2020Read
The innovation of underground musicThe Medium2020Read
Wildlife burning in Australian firesThe Medium2020Read
The legendary Professor Judith PoëThe Medium2019Read
Could this protein improve memory?The Medium2019Read
Music and how it defines usThe Medium2019Read
Sarah Girgis: Class of 2019 valedictorianThe Medium2019Read


I was born in Montréal, Quebec. I spent my childhood immersed in the arts and travelling the world with my mother. At a young age I learned four languages: Russian, French, Italian and English, which I speak to this day.My mother, an artist, and my grandfather, a distinguished musician of Russia, exposed me to an environment steeped with music, art, love, and creativity.In the Spring of 2023 I graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) with a double major in Chemistry and Art History. During my undergrad I worked as a Teaching Assistant for JCP221: Thermodynamics, completed a for-credit research placement at the Rauscher Lab, and wrote an undergraduate thesis dissertation on oleoresinous patinas on Renaissance bronzes.At UTM I also served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Medium, the University of Toronto Mississauga's independent student newspaper since 1974, for the 48th and 49th volumes. I was invited to give a TEDxUofT talk on my experience as a student journalist, now available on YouTube.My passion for art conservation began after an invitation to be a Research Assistant for the Bernini Bronzes Project under the supervision of U of T professor Evonne Levy due to my proficiency in four languages. In a series of serendipitous moments and opportunities in my last two years of undergrad, I’ve now found myself at Queen’s University completing a two-year Master of Art Conservation, Research Stream under the supervision of Bernini Bronze’s material scientist Aaron Shugar beginning in the Fall of 2023. With Dr. Shugar I will develop a non-destructive analytical protocol for the study of organic coatings made from oils and resins applied to bronze Renaissance sculpture. After graduation I am hoping to forge my own trail in the field through involvement in technical studies of art, in writing, and in art history. With a passion in teaching I am also TAing ARTH391: Art Forgeries in Winter 2024. Since January 2024 I have been writing entries for the open-access database Renaissance Polychrome Sculpture in Lazio to accompany high-resolution photos taken of sculpture in the region. This project is unfolding under the supervision of Queen's Professor Una Roman D'Elia.When I'm not studying, reading, writing, or falling in love with art, you can find me taking my friends on tours of my local art galleries, singing Motown tunes, going on long walks by the lake, or listening to folk and soul music.

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