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Tuesday, May 29 • 8:30am - 5:00pm
Oddy Testing: Protocols and Practicalities FULL

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In the 45 years since the first publication of the Oddy test by Andrew Oddy of the British Museum there has been a proliferation of methods used to perform this accelerated ageing test. A recent survey of institutions performing the test and a review of testing protocols on AIC’s wiki platform reveal over 20 distinct protocols. The variability of testing procedures as well as subjectivity of the results are well known issues in the field. Nevertheless, the test remains the prevalent method for evaluating exhibit, storage and packing material due to its low-cost, and easy implementation. The instructors will share their research examining the implications of various testing procedures and participants will have the chance to discuss methodologies with the goal of building consensus around a common protocol. Participants will gain hands-on experience in setting up the test properly as well as learn best practices for documenting and analyzing results. Types of additional analysis (e.g. gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), ion chromatography (IC), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy) that can aid in more fully understanding the test’s results will be discussed. This workshop is appropriate for those who are currently conducting tests for their institution, as well as those who would like to begin, either in a museum or private practice. Tips on how to record results in a format for easy upload to the AIC Wiki or CAMEO will be given. Participants who have results to share will have the opportunity to add their data on site with the assistance of AIC wiki editors. It is suggested that participants bring a laptop if possible.

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Rachael Arenstein

Principal, A.M. Art Conservation, LLC
Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation and Fellow in IIC. She is a principal of A.M. Art Conservation, LLC, the private practice that she co-founded in 2009. She has worked at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, the Smithsonian's... Read More →

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Colleen E. Snyder

Conservator, Cleveland Museum of Art
Colleen Snyder received her B.A. in Mediterranean Archaeology from the University at Buffalo and went on to complete her M.A. in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College in 2008. Colleen is currently an Assistant Conservator of Objects at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she... Read More →
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Elena Torok

Assistant Objects Conservator, Dallas Museum of Art
Elena Torok is the Assistant Objects Conservator at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), where she works on the treatment, research, and long-term care of the collection. She earned her M.S. from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 2013 with concentrations... Read More →
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Eric Breitung

Research Scientist, Department of Scientific Research, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Eric Breitung, Research Scientist, specializes in modern preservation materials and museum environment issues in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Scientific Research. His work includes the development of advanced analytical test methods for assessing commercial materials... Read More →
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Michele Derrick

Scientist/Researcher, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Michele R. Derrick is a chemist and conservation scientist with more than twenty years’ experience analyzing and characterizing materials. She worked at the University of Arizona Analytical Center and then for twelve years as a conservation scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute... Read More →
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Samantha Owens

Associate Conservator, Glenstone
Samantha Owens is the associate conservator at Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. She holds a Master of Science in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and a BA in Art History from Emory University. Her focus is the conservation... Read More →
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Samantha Springer

Conservator, Portland Art Museum
Samantha Springer relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2015 to take the position of Conservator at the Portland Art Museum. While Samantha remains a generalist due to her responsibility for care of a broad collection, she has particular interest in preventive conservation, sustainability... Read More →

Tuesday May 29, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm MDT
Montrose Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston