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Tuesday, May 29

8:15am MDT

Hands-On Lithography for Conservators
Limited Capacity full

Lithography is a complex, chemical printmaking process that requires firsthand experience to fully grasp the technique and potential artistic applications. This workshop introduces conservators to various lithographic processes and techniques commonly utilized by artists and studios, historically and up to this day. The curriculum consists primarily of hands-on printing activities but will also include lectures and group discussions. A comprehensive resource binder will be assembled by the participants throughout the workshop from a combination of lecture slides, notes, printing materials (plates and prints), and other useful references. This will allow participants to walk away with a strong understanding of the technique and have invaluable resources at their fingertips when returning to work.

Transportation will be provided from the Marriot Marquis Houston each morning and back to the Marriot Marquis Houston following the workshop each evening. The bus will depart from the Marriot at 8:15am.

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Christina Taylor

Assistant Paper Conservator, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies/Harvard Art Museums
Christina Taylor is the Assistant Paper Conservator at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies/Harvard Art Museums. She is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State where she earned her MA in Art Conservation in 2015. She has held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston... Read More →


Christopher Wallace

Christopher Wallace is an artist, lithographer and educator based in Cambridge, MA. He received his MFA in printmaking from the University of North Texas in 2013, and his BFA in printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2010. He has held teaching positions at the University... Read More →

Tuesday May 29, 2018 8:15am - Wednesday May 30, 2018 4:30pm MDT
Burning Bones Press 1518 Yale Street, Houston, TX 77008
  2. Workshop

8:15am MDT

Varnishing in the 21st Century
Limited Capacity full

The introduction of new synthetic low molecular weight (LMW) resins by René de la Rie in the early 1990's, subsequent developments in the field, and discontinued solvents and resins have led to changes in the varnishes available to conservators. Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and practical sessions, this workshop is designed for paintings conservators seeking to bring their knowledge of varnishes up to date.

Participants will gain knowledge in the characteristics of available, stable resins and solvents and how to evaluate their properties. A conservator's choices will affect the appearance and aging properties of cultural materials in their care. A short reading list will be sent in advance.

Transportation will be provided from the Marriot Marquis Houston each morning and back to the Marriot Marquis Houston following the workshop each evening. The bus will depart from the Marriot at 8:15am.

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Jill Whitten-[PA]

Co-Director/Painting Conservator, Whitten & Proctor Fine Art Conservation
Jill Whitten received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MA and Certificate of Conservation from Buffalo State College, New York, in 1992. Her work in the field of art conservation includes a collaboration with the National Gallery of Art and the J.Paul... Read More →
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Robert Proctor-[PA]

Co-Director, Whitten & Proctor Fine Art Conservation
Robert G. Proctor Jr. is a painting conservator in Houston, Texas. He has worked on numerous public murals and has developed a variety of structural techniques for minimal intervention. He teaches about varnishes and thread-by-thread tear re-weaving at U.S. conservation programs and... Read More →

Tuesday May 29, 2018 8:15am - Wednesday May 30, 2018 5:30pm MDT
Menil Collection 1533 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77006
  2. Workshop

8:30am MDT

Oddy Testing: Protocols and Practicalities
Limited Capacity full

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 Perkins Arenstein-[PA]

Partner, AM Art Conservation LLC
Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation. 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 National... 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

Conservation Fellow, Glenstone
Samantha is currently the Conservation Fellow at Glenstone Museum in Maryland. She holds an M.S. in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) with a specialization in objects conservation and a B.A. in Art History from Emory University... 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

9:00am MDT

Introduction to Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
Limited Capacity full

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a computational photography technique, is a portable, low-cost imaging method used to create high-quality digital representations of an object’s surface. Using a basic digital photography setup, images are captured and then interactively re-lit and enhanced through open source software. Invented by Hewlett-Packard Labs and further developed by the nonprofit corporation Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), RTI has been applied by conservators to document and analyze tool marks and other evidence of manufacture and use; to clarify and record inscriptions; to accurately record surface condition; and to qualitatively assess surface change
over time.

Attendees will complete the course with all the fundamental materials needed to conduct highlight-based RTI in their studios with their own photography equipment, including written guides to both capture and processing, software and one set of 1" reflective spheres.

This course is intended for individuals with at least a general understanding of digital photography and digital image processing; they are not required to have previous experience with RTI, but are encouraged to review examples and background through the CHI website prior to attending.

Members of AIC's Conservators in Private Practice Group can register at the discounted price of $210.

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Kerith Koss Schrager

Conservator, The Found Object Art Conservation
Kerith Koss Schrager, objects conservator and owner of The Found Object Art Conservation, provides conservation and preservation services for fine and decorative arts, historical, ethnographic and archaeological collections in the greater New York area. She has worked with institutions... Read More →

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Anna Serotta

Associate Conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Objects Conservation
Anna Serotta is an Associate Conservator in Objects Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she is primarily responsible for the Egyptian Art collection. She received her Master’s Degree in Art History and an Advanced Certificate in Art Conservation at the Institute... Read More →


Tuesday May 29, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT
Tanglewood Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
  2. Workshop

9:00am MDT

Fiber Identification and Analysis
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop covers basic polarized light microscopy (PLM) and methods of sampling, characterization and identification mammalian hair and selected natural and synthetic fibers. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises involving sample preparation and specimen manipulation as well as the characterization and identification of real life specimens.

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Nicholas Petraco

Nicholas Petraco Sr., BS Analytical Chemistry, MS Forensic Science, very extensive post-degree university coursework in art, art history and heritage conservation, Fellow of New York Microscopical Society (NYMS), Fellow of American Academy of Forensic Science, Diplomat of the American... Read More →

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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology andTraining protects America’s historic legacy by equipping professionals in thefield of historic preservation with progressive technology-based research andtraining. Since its founding in 1994, NCPTT has... Read More →

Tuesday May 29, 2018 9:00am - Wednesday May 30, 2018 5:00pm MDT
Memorial Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
  2. Workshop

11:00am MDT

Department Head Luncheon and Tips Session
Limited Capacity full

A moderated discussion followed by lunch for the heads of conservation and conservation science departments. Participants will be asked to share effective ways they have demonstrated leadership in fundraising, creating staff positions and increasing diversity in the field. This session will be followed by the Communicating Values and Effecting Change workshop, during which additional participants interested in advancing conservation leadership (but are not currently department heads) will join the discussion. Participants of this luncheon are expected to register for the Communicating Values and Effecting Change workshop as well.

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Francesca Casadio

Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist and Co-director NU-ACCESS, The Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University
Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 to establish and direct a state of the art conservation science laboratory. In January 2018, she will assume the post of Executive Director of Conservation and Science in the same institution. Dr. Casadio has also established... Read More →
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Tiarna Doherty-[PA]

Tiarna was recently the Chief of Conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a position she held since in 2011. Previously, Tiarna worked for nine years as a paintings conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both chemistry... Read More →

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Sanchita Balachandran-[Fellow]

Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Sanchita Balachandran is Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She teaches courses related to the technical study and analysis of ancient objects, as... Read More →
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Jeanne Marie Teutonico

Associate Director, Programs, Getty Conservation Institute
Jeanne Marie Teutonico is associate director of Programs at the GCI where her responsibilities include managing the Buildings and Sites, Collections, and Science departments, oversight of GCI publications, and the establishment of strategic priorities for the Institute's programmatic... Read More →

Tuesday May 29, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm MDT
Meyerland Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston

1:00pm MDT

Persistence and Change: Leadership Techniques for Both
Limited Capacity filling up

Imagine that you were able to identify individuals who were open to change, and those that were more likely to dig in their heels to protect the status quo.  Perhaps even more importantly, what difference would it make if you could, through situation framing, communication and incentives, shift people from the latter category to the former?  This session aims to give participants that capacity.  The foundation of the session is in recent research from the Motivational Science Center at Columbia (and elsewhere) that identifies individual dispositions to persistence and change, and the interventions that can increase either tendency.  Approaches to change within museums will be reviewed using a case study and participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of themselves and their organization. Discussions on motivation and mechanisms of organizational cultural will provide participants with a new set of tools to move people.

This workshop will be led by Professor Paul Ingram, from the Columbia Business School. In addition to his deep knowledge of the museum community, Dr. Ingram led last year’s workshop Advancing Leadership at the AIC Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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Francesca Casadio

Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist and Co-director NU-ACCESS, The Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University
Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 to establish and direct a state of the art conservation science laboratory. In January 2018, she will assume the post of Executive Director of Conservation and Science in the same institution. Dr. Casadio has also established... Read More →
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Tiarna Doherty-[PA]

Tiarna was recently the Chief of Conservation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a position she held since in 2011. Previously, Tiarna worked for nine years as a paintings conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both chemistry... Read More →

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Paul Ingram

Kravis Professor of Business, Columbia University
Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor Business at the Columbia Business School, and Faculty Director of the Columbia Senior Executive Program. His PhD is from Cornell University and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. He has held visiting professorships... Read More →

Tuesday May 29, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Meyerland Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
Wednesday, May 30

7:00am MDT

Function Meets Aesthetic: Rebacking techniques for leather books
Limited Capacity full

The repair of damaged leather binding of books is a foundation treatment for all book conservators. It poses a constant challenge because of the need to balance the functional intention of using a book while balancing time economy when working with large collections or in private practice. In this course participants will learn and review several traditional and modern techniques for the repair of both tight and hollow back. The workshop will explore the importance of secure board attachment before the application of appropriate outer covering to re-attach the original spine and boards.

This workshop will alternate demonstrations with hands-on treatment under close supervision. Participants will gain experience lifting leather, staining leather to match historical bindings, paring leather, and rebacking in both leather and kozo paper. Discussions will explore board attachment techniques prior to covering, including joint tacketing, board slotting, extended linings, and colored kozo paper mending. There will be presentations on issues relating to leather bindings, including suitable repair leathers and papers, leather dyes, pigments, surface coatings, consolidants, adhesives, and tools for lifting and paring.

This workshop is for all experience levels, although previous work with leather would be helpful. Participants should bring their own paring knife and lifting knife. The workshop will take place in the brand-new state-of-the-art conservation lab at Texas A&M University Libraries, part of a three-year renovation of the libraries. Transportation from the Houston to College Station will be provided (about 90 minutes) and is included in the event start/end time. Lunch and breaks are included in the workshop.

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James Reid Cunningham-[PA]

Sole Proprietor, James Reid-Cunningham Bookbinding and Conservation
James Reid-Cunningham is a book and paper conservator in private practice, specializing in the conservation of rare books, manuscripts, and archival documents. He spent thirty years as a conservator at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum, and served as the President of the... Read More →
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Jeanne Goodman

Conservator, TAMU Libraries
Conservator for the University Libraries at Texas A&M University. Received MLIS from Simmons College with a concentration in Preservation and undergraduate work with University of Delaware in Collections Care. Completed the full-time Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School... Read More →


Wednesday May 30, 2018 7:00am - 6:00pm MDT
Texas A&M University Libraries
  2. Workshop

9:00am MDT

Packing, Crating, and Shipping Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will focus on the nuts and bolts of safely packing and shipping art and artifacts. With a focus on materials and methods, attendees will be invited to bring their questions on everything from crate construction to packing materials, from soft packing to organizing the logistics of shipping everything from a single artwork to an entire exhibition. Examples of crate standards, packing methods, and various packing solutions will be available for attendees to both view and interact with. Case studies and demonstrations will provide attendees with a better understanding of the varied approached to caring for art in transit, as well as an introduction to the types of materials that are most commonly used in fine art crates.

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Aaron Salik

Aaron has worked at TALAS for 19 years, navigating its growth and success side by side with Jillian Salik as the second generation of the Salik family's leadership of the company.  His background in mechanical engineering proves value for understand the scientific side of creating... Read More →
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Jason Carey-Sheppard

Project Manager, Terry Dowd Inc.
I have a background in Philosophy and Visual Arts, and received an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2012 with an emphasis in sculpture and extended media. Since 2010, I have worked in many roles in the art-logistics world, from preparator and fabricator to registrar and... Read More →
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Jillian Salik

2018 marks my 10th year working at TALAS, a supplier of specialty art supplies with a focus on art conservation, restoration, archival storage and bookbinding.  In 2011, I helped to establish the archival box making division of the company.  Building on my experience as a Fine Arts... Read More →
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Meg Colbert

Director of Production, Boxart Inc
I have worked at Boxart Inc., a fine art packing and crating company, since 1997.In that time I have packed art in museums, galleries, artist’s studios, auctionhouses, and in private collections. I am currently the Director of Production atBoxart, where I both help to design and... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm MDT
River Oaks Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
  2. Workshop

9:00am MDT

From Response to Recovery; from Recovery to Response – Hurricane Lessons Learned in Galveston
Limited Capacity seats available

During this day-long workshop, participants will learn about the damage caused by the hurricanes that have affected Galveston Island – from the storm of 1900 that fundamentally shaped the city to the most recent damage caused Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Rosenberg Library staff member Casey Edward Greene, author of “Through a Night of Horrors: Voices from the 1900 Galveston Storm,” will address how that historic storm changed the city of Galveston. FAIC’s National Heritage Responders will speak about their response efforts following Hurricane Ike in 2008. Team members responded to damage at the Rosenberg Library, Moody Mansion, the Lone Star Flight Museum, Open Gate, and sites managed by the Galveston History Foundation, including the Ashton Villa and the 1861 Custom House. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour some of these sites.
The workshop will provide an opportunity to evaluate how a city has historically responded to threats of natural disasters, look at the response and recovery efforts of FAIC’s National Heritage Responders as well as other efforts on Galveston Island following Hurricane Ike, and a review of preparedness measures put in place for Hurricane Harvey. In looking at the longer process of recovery and how it informs future preparedness, this workshop allows for a more thoughtful analysis of the success of the current response protocols, as well as the prioritization of tasks in during that extended period of recovery. As collecting institutions are encouraged to do what they can to mitigate risk, the long view of recovery can provide helpful clues for what actions will translate to successful mitigation strategies. Participants will not need a background in emergency protocols in order to benefit from this analysis of the recovery process and how it informs preparedness measures.
Transportation will be provided between the Marriot Marquis Houston and Galveston Island.

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Casey Edward Greene

Head of Special Collections, Rosenberg Library
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Vicki Lee

Senior Conservator, National and Archives and Records Administration
Vicki Lee is currently a senior conservator at the National Archives. Vicki is the former Director of Conservation at the Maryland State Archives. She is a member of FAIC-NHR Working Group and has reponded to disasters locally, nationally, and internationally. Vicki is especially... Read More →
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Karen Pavelka-[PA]

Senior Lecturer, UT Austin School of Information
Karen L. Pavelka is a full-time lecturer in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She was been intimately involved with developing the conservation program when it moved from Columbia University in 1993 and continues to investigate the role of conservation... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT
Rosenberg Library 2310 Sealy St, Galveston, TX 77550
  2. Workshop

9:00am MDT

Preparation and Use of Paraloid B-72 Adhesive
Limited Capacity filling up

B-72 was introduced for use as an adhesive by Stephen Koob in 1986, and has unfortunately not been used to its full potential (as evidenced by recent papers and comments at the 2017 Annual Meeting). Workshop participants will be introduced to a new method of preparation that allows conservation professionals to easily make up the adhesive to varying concentrations for use on a variety of materials (primarily ceramics, glass, stone, bone, ivory, and even some wood). The prepared adhesive is then poured into empty adhesive tubes, which are then closed and labeled for use.

The workshop will include a brief presentation on the use of solvent adhesives, particularly focusing on Paraloid B-72. The presentation will be followed by demonstrations of proper preparation (different consistencies for different materials, such as ceramics, glass, bone, wood) and methods of application (and clean-up). Participants will also gain hands-on experience assembling broken ceramics, glass, and other materials.

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Stephen Koob-[Fellow]

Chief Conservator, Corning Museum of Glass
Stephen Koob is responsible for the care and preservation of all of the Museum’s collections. This includes cleaning the glass and making recommendations for its handling, storage, display, and movement. He also oversees the maintenance and repair of objects in the Museum’s... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT
Kingwood Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
  2. Workshop

9:00am MDT

Respirator Fit Test
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are using hazardous chemicals in your laboratory or working with mold-infested artifacts after a flood, you need to be protected with a properly fitting respirator. This workshop will provide the participant with access to an online lecture on respirator selection, care, and use, as well as a 15-minute, individual appointment for a personal respirator fit test, ensuring an acceptable, face-to-facepiece seal/fit of their respirator. The individual appointment provides an opportunity for participants to ask any specific questions, and to “shop” for a new half-mask, air-purifying respirator from the Committee’s selection of samples. You should bring your personal respirator if you have one.

This AIC Respirator Fit Test Program is targeted towards conservators who may not have access to a Safety Professional to conduct the test or do not have respirator fit testing available through their employer, but is open to all interested parties. This workshop is in accordance with the U.S. OSHA Standard (29CFR1910.134 - Respiratory Protection). The online lecture and fit test appointments will be conducted by a Certified Industrial Hygienist.

Individuals wishing to be fit for a respirator MUST:
  1. Register for the Respirator Fit Test “workshop” at the AIC Annual Meeting.
  2. Watch the REQUIRED online lecture and take the corresponding quiz.
  3. Schedule a fit test appointment. The appointments will be scheduled to take place in 15-minute intervals from 9:00am - 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.
  4. Complete a REQUIRED medical evaluation within twelve months PRIOR to your fit test. The medical evaluation must be performed by a healthcare professional. If you prefer not to use your own healthcare provider, FAIC can suggest a clinic that will review your evaluation questionnaire (additional $25 cost).
  5. Bring your Respirator Medical Clearance Approval Form signed by a healthcare professional to your scheduled appointment and get fit tested.
Once you register for the Respirator Fit Test, you will receive an email with the forms and instructions for steps to completed before the Annual Meeting.

Appointments are limited. The last day to register for a Respirator Fit Test is May 16.
Cost: $39 (non-CIPP members) /$0 (CIPP members)
With the generous support of the Conservators in Private Practice (CIPP) Specialty Group, fit tests are being offered for free to CIPP members. If you are a CIPP Member, please contact your specialty group chair for the discount code.

Wednesday May 30, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm MDT
Clear Lake B Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
  2. Workshop

1:00pm MDT

Scratch Removal and Polishing Treatment for High-Gloss Plastic Surfaces
Limited Capacity full

Contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor, John McCracken and DeWain Valentine are known for their large-scale sculptures with industrial high-gloss finishes. The surfaces - made of polyester resin, acrylic glass, or automotive paint, for example - seem robust, but are in fact extremely delicate and prone to scratches. The slightest defect in these pristine, highly reflective surfaces can affect their visual continuity and compromise the integrity of the artwork. Contemporary art conservators are routinely confronted with the need to execute polishing treatments, of various scales, for sculptures made of plastic, as well as treat plastic elements that are integral part of face-mounted photographs, frames, and display cases. This workshop aims to address these concerns in two parts.

This workshop will provide insight into the various materials and making processes applied by artists, enumerate the most common causes of damage - including abrasions and imprints caused by packing material or inappropriate handling - and will illustrate damage patterns typical for high-gloss plastic surfaces. The workshop will include demonstrations of treatment methods for removing scratches and restoring the high-gloss appearance of plastic finishes, applicable both locally and to large-scale surfaces. Step-by-step instruction of various sanding and polishing techniques (both by hand and using machines) will be included. The instructors will also share insight on products and brands that have proven most effective, recommendations on how to control the procedure, and the physical and chemical limits of the treatment. Participants will have the opportunity to test products and methods on mock-ups.

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Delia Müller Wüsten

Associate Conservator, Contemporary Conservation Ltd.
Delia Müller-Wüsten has been an Associate Conservator at Contemporary Conservation Ltd. since 2012. She specializes in the conservation of artworks made of synthetic materials such as latex and synthetic resins, and has expertise on highly-polished surfaces from artists such as... Read More →
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Giuliana Moretto

Associate Conservator, Contemporary Conservation Ltd
As Associate Conservator at Contemporary Conservation Ltd. since 2009, Giuliana focuses on the conservation of objects and paintings in non-traditional materials – including bubble gum, chocolate and plastics – and innovative artistic techniques, such as Inkjet printing, vacuum-formed... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Tanglewood Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
  2. Workshop

1:30pm MDT

Installation and Use of Automated Thread Count Software
Limited Capacity seats available

Thread counting software for both Windows and OS X platforms is now available for museum use. The software takes as input images of the paintings that reveals the canvas support (typically x-rays but also verso photographs), interacts with the user to focus the computations, and then produces a detailed thread count for the entire image. The software allows thread count information to be incorporated into a database and individual database entries shared with colleagues.

In this workshop, the use of detailed thread count information for paintings on canvas will be demonstrated. Copies of the thread counting software will be distributed and installed on user computers. Because the software must be focused on the canvas at hand, several case studies will be presented and participants will be provided examples to test their skills on setting up the software. Once thread count results are obtained, the value of a thread count database in finding canvas matches will be demonstrated.

Transportation will be provided from the Marriot Marquis Houston at 1:00PM. Transportation will also be provided back to the Marriot Marquis Houston following the workshop.

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Don Johnson

Professor, Rice University
Don H. Johnson is the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined M.I.T. Lincoln... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 1:30pm - 5:30pm MDT
Rice University 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005
  2. Workshop