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Michael Skalka

National Gallery of Art
Conservation Administrator
Landover, Maryland
B.A., Art History, Rutgers University M.F.A. in Museum Studies, Syracuse University Conservation Administrator at the National Gallery of Art. 1984 to present. Responsible for overseeing daily financial administrative operations of the conservation division. Serves as the coordinator of the Modern Art Materials Collection and Study Center housed in the National Gallery. It is a collection of 20,000 art related materials encompassing the late 20th century to the present. Organized the series, Artists’ Roundtable - A forum for artists and conservators to discuss materials and techniques. Serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Artists’ Materials, D01.57 for the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) for creating and maintain manufacturing standards for art materials industry. Contributes to the periodic “Ask the Experts” column in The Artists Magazine, that addresses questions related to art materials and techniques. Provides reader requested answers to the column “Q&A” for Acrylic Artist magazine, a publication dedicate to acrylic painting. Author of the website and accompanying newsletter “The Grammar of Color” focusing on the history of pigments, the history of manufacturing, a discussion on materials and techniques, product reviews, interviews with artists and manufacturers and the work on creating standards for art materials manufacturing. Landscapes paintings executed in oil, locally in Maryland and in Southern California.