BC Alumna Goes Viral on TikTok for Art Conservation Efforts

BROOKLYN COLLEGE– From its trendy dance videos to comedy skits, TikTok is not typically thought of as a social network used to raise awareness about art conservation efforts, but a Brooklyn College alumna has done just that.

Ellie Acebo-Hermiller, who graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History last year, gained widespread attention from a TikTok video of her cleaning the Cloister Gallery at Ohio’s Toledo Museum of Art last summer. The video, which she uploaded on Jan. 12,  has earned over 3.5 million views and shows Acebo-Hermiller (@ellie_ah) applying a cleaning gel to various ancient stone artworks before peeling the dirt and grime off of them in what TikTok users have called “satisfying.”