Alaggio Laurino is from the small town of Keuterville, Idaho, and attended Boise State University where he double majored in Art History and Studio Art. He served four years as an assistant curator for the university’s permanent art collection and as the student representative on the University Art Collections Committee. During his senior year, he was part of a scholastic research team that sought to identify and reverse engineer purple pigments used in ancient encaustic portraiture. Upon graduation, Alaggio was named one of Boise State’s Top Ten Scholars of 2016 and was chosen to be commencement speaker. Since then, he has served as a conservation intern at the Yosemite National Park Museum, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Arizona State University Art museum.
Currently, Alaggio is a member of the SCIART chemistry research group. With the assistance of Daniel Rowland, Glenn Gates, and Terry Weisser, he and his teammates are investigating the efficacy of cleaning methods commonly used to treat silver artifacts that have been gilded with gold. Passionate about the mission to share the stories of people as told by the artifacts they leave behind, Alaggio aspires to one day enroll in a graduate conservation program and work to preserve the treasures of cultural heritage.