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Kate Helwig

Canadian Conservation Institute
Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Kate Helwig has an honours B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from Stanford University in California. She studied artifact conservation at Queen’s University and received a Master’s Degree in Art Conservation in 1992. Since 1992, she has worked at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) where she is a Senior Conservation Scientist. She specializes in the analysis of art and archeological materials using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and light microscopy. Her research interests include: history and characterization of artists’ pigments; materials and techniques of Canadian painters; study of residues on archaeological artifacts; and efflorescence and soap formation in modern oil paints. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and contributed a chapter on the iron oxide pigments to the fourth volume of the Artists’ Pigments series, published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. She is also co-author of Jean Paul Riopelle: the Artist's Materials, the second book in the Artists' Materials series published by the Getty Conservation Institute. She was an editor for the CCI symposium Preserving Aboriginal Heritage, Technical and Traditional Approaches, Ottawa, Canada, September 24–28, 2007 and has been an associate editor for the Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation since 2003.