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Creating Art to Last: A conversation with art conservators

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Armory Cafe

191 Highland Avenue

Somerville, MA 02143

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What will happen to your artwork in the future? Will the materials you choose stand the test of time? What can you do to ensure the preservation of your artwork? We will begin to unpack these questions and perhaps many more that you never considered in the first event of its kind in the Boston area.

This will be a panel discussion with local professional art conservators of various specialties to represent the diversity of art materials (see biographies below). Art conservators are highly trained professionals with a deep understanding of material science and aging processes.

Aside from answering questions, we will also be providing resources and information on how to continue learning and staying engaged in this arena.

The café will remain open for the purchase of sandwiches, salads, baked goods, coffee, tea, and more.

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PANELIST BIOGRAPHIES:

RIKA SMITH MCNALLY is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, has a M.S. in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program, and a certificate in conservation from the Harvard University Art Museums. Her published research includes a study of protective coatings on outdoor bronzes, the inherent causes of deterioration in 15th century French Limoges enamels, the materials and techniques of the Harvard Glass Flowers, and the preservation of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. She is currently the Director of Art Conservation for the City of Cambridge, MA, where she uses Pre-Fabrication Conservation Reviews in her work with artists on new commissions.

MAGGIE WESSLING holds a BA in art history and studio art from Columbia University, and M.A. in Art History and an Advanced Certificate in the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works from New York University. Presently Maggie is the Morse Fellow in Paper Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she works on the conservation treatment and exhibition of works of art on paper and photographs. Maggie has a specific interest in photography and has completed research projects on facsimile printing techniques and news photography, platinum and palladium photography, and she has explored the applications of digital imaging software for the monitoring of daguerreotypes and other artworks.

CHRISTOPHER SOKOLOWSKI earned a B.A. in Studio Art from Bates College, an M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in Art Conservation from the Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. He has worked in the paper conservation studios at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Musée du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Studio TKM, and the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Since 2009 he has served the Harvard Library as a Paper Conservator for Special Collections in the Weissman Preservation Center. He also makes paintings, and has given much thought to making them last.

KATE SMITH is Associate Paintings Conservator at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. Kate received her B.A. in art history from Smith College in 1994 and her Master of Arts in paintings conservation from Buffalo State College in 2001. Until 2008, she was assistant conservator at the Straus Center, focusing on the conservation of the mural cycles at the Boston Public Library. Kate held assistant conservator positions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, for Gianfranco Pocobene Studio, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, before returning to the Harvard Art Museums in 2011, where she specializes in the technical examination of paintings.

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