New England Conservation Association (NECA)

New England Conservation Association (NECA) The New England Conservation Association is a collegial group of individuals from the New England region who are interested in all aspects of art conservation.
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The New England Conservation Association is a collegial group of individuals from the New England region who are interested in all aspects of art conservation. NECA hosts an annual series of interesting and topical meetings where members can keep up-to-date on the latest developments in conservation, enjoy refreshments with friends and colleagues, and see behind the scenes in area labs and studios. Annual workshops are organized to provide hands-on opportunities for specialized interests with a rotating subject matter.

Please see the accompanying image for more information about an upcoming series of workshops on managing historic proper...
04/11/2019

Please see the accompanying image for more information about an upcoming series of workshops on managing historic properties to be held on May 3, May 10, and May 31 at Historic New England's regional office in Haverhill.

04/02/2019
Old Schwamb Mill

Please save the date and join us at the
New England Conservation Association’s
Annual Regional Intern/Fellow Presentations

Thursday, April 25, 2019
New Location!! Old Schwamb Mill • 17 Mill Lane, Arlington, MA 02476 https://www.oldschwambmill.org/main.html
*Make sure you go to 17 Mill Lane and NOT 17 Mill Street*

Refreshments at 5:30 pm
Presentations from 6:15 – 8:00 pm
Presentations
Bringing Bric-a-Brac Back: The Reinstallation of Mrs. Gardner's Vatichino
Kaeley Ferguson, Objects and Paintings Conservation Technician, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Longfellow Yellow: Unraveling the Secrets of a Bright and Long-Lasting Dye
Kenna Libes, Conservation Intern at Museum Textile Services (Andover, MA) and Master's Student in Public Humanities at Brown University.

When Bauhaus is Our House: Objects Conservation in the Gropius House, Lincoln MA
Megan Creamer, Post-graduate Mellon Fellow, Historic New England.

Connecting through Collections: Cultural Heritage Preservation in Puerto Rico
Clara Huisman, Graduate Fellow in Library and Archives Conservation at SUNY Buffalo State.


Please RSVP to Jess Chloros at [email protected]

03/18/2019

Special Tour of “The Bauhaus and Harvard” and “Hans Arp’s Constellations II | Harvard Art Museums”

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 3:30-5:00pm, please join us at the Harvard Art Museums for a meeting featuring collaborative projects for the special exhibitions, “The Bauhaus and Harvard” and “Hans Arp’s Constellations II | Harvard Art Museums.” Curators Laura Muir and Melissa Venator will introduce the exhibitions. Conservators and conservation scientists from the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies will share collaborative research and treatment projects supporting this show. More information about these two exhibitions can be found here

The meeting will take the form of a gallery tour and space is limited. Please RSVP to Alison Cariens: [email protected]. Details for museum entry
and parking will be sent along with confirmation of your spot.

We are encouraging socializing with a drink afterwards at Grafton Street Pub!

02/15/2019
Old Schwamb Mill

Call for speakers for the New England Conservation Association's Annual Regional Intern/Fellow Presentations!

This year’s Annual Intern/Fellow Presentations will take place on the evening of April 25th at the Old Schwamb Mill at 17 Mill Lane in Arlington, MA. (https://www.oldschwambmill.org/main.html) .

NECA is seeking four speakers to present at this year’s event. Presentations will each be 20 minutes long and may focus on current or past projects, or a combination. Interns/fellows at various stages of their conservation careers as well as from a variety of conservation specialties are sought and encouraged to present. This includes pre-program, graduate, and post graduate or advanced level fellows and interns. Presenters will be selected on a combination of a first come basis and to represent a range of lab/institution types, geographic locations, stage of career, and conservation specialty.

This event is a popular, annual event for NECA members. While the talks are typically formal PowerPoint presentations, the atmosphere is casual, collegial and supportive.

If you are interested in giving a presentation or have any questions, please email NECA Board Member Jess Chloros ([email protected]), with your name, job title, and a brief description of your proposed presentation topic.

11/14/2018

Lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston:

Acquisition and Application of 3D Data of Cultural Properties at Tokyo University of the Arts
By Osamu Yamada, Project Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts

Friday, December 7, 2018
11am – 12 noon
Alfond Auditorium

Osamu Yamada carries out 3D measurement of cultural properties, mainly in Buddhist statues, using photogrammetry and scanning techniques. 3D data is used for reproduction, conservation and restoration at the conservation training program at Tokyo University of the Arts. Professor Yamada will discuss recent case examples of data acquisition and its application to the conservation of Japanese Buddhist sculpture.

Osamu Yamada is Project Associate Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He is a graduate of the Department of Architecture, Waseda University, and the Department of Conservation of Cultural Properties, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai). He has worked in the fields of design, CG production, and printing, and has been at Tokyo University of the Arts since 2009. In addition to researching the acquisition of 3D data for Buddhist sculpture, he also makes movies for TV and museum exhibitions.

09/15/2018
American Institute for Conservation

American Institute for Conservation

Our thoughts are with all those suffering through the impact of Hurricane Florence.

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC), is offering crucial disaster response assistance to cultural organizations in need in the wake of the hurricane. Volunteers from FAIC's National Heritage responders (NHR) are staffing the 24-hour hotline at (202-661-8068) to field calls from museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites affected by the hurricane and subsequent floods. NHR volunteers also stand ready to assist collecting institutions onsite once conditions allow.

FAIC is working with its partner agencies in the Heritage Emergency National Task Force to collect damage information as the storm progresses. Once needs in the region are known, FAIC may be making specific calls for volunteers and supplies. In the meantime, individuals and organizations wishing to make a general donation toward humanitarian response can find a list of nonprofit agencies belonging to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at https://www.nvoad.org/voad-members/national-members/. Those wishing to support the costs of sending volunteers and supplies to collecting institutions may donate to FAIC's Emergency Fund at www.conservation-us.org/donate.

More information on emergency response and salvage can be found at www.conservation-us.org/emergencies. Updates on FAIC and Hurricane Florence will be published on the AIC Blog: https://community.conservation-us.org/blog.

07/05/2018

**Employment Opportunity**

The Harvard Art Museums is seeking three technicians for a temporary project, Aug. 6-Sept. 7, to repaint the LeWitt Wall Drawing in the lobby of the building at 480 Broadway. It is critical that applicants can commit to the full five-week duration of the project full time, have some painting experience, and are agile and comfortable doing physically work on scaffolding up to 30 feet high. For details and how to apply visit: http://www.necaconservation.org/employment-postings.html

06/25/2018

Conservation Tour of Life, Death, and Revelry Exhibition Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

August 2, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us for a special conservation tour of the Gardner Museum’s exhibition Life, Death & Revelry. Conservators Holly Salmon, Jess Chloros and Ellen Promise will discuss their work and the discoveries they made while analyzing and treating the 7,500 lb marble Farnese Sarcophagus, 225 AD. They will highlight the restoration history of the Farnese Sarcophagus as well as discoveries of ancient pigment and gilding and the multiple cleaning techniques they used from water to two different types of laser cleaners.

​Participants should RSVP to Jess Chloros at [email protected] by July 26, 2018 (limited to 20 people)

06/20/2018

***Update 6/25***
This workshop is now full! Thanks to our members for showing such a significant interest. There is a waitlist for this workshop date if you would still like to add your name; however, given the popularity of the event, we will be attempting to schedule a second workshop later in the year! Keep a lookout for more information!
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Attention NECA members! In collaboration with Dartmouth College Library Preservation we are excited to announce the following workshop:

Ferrous Attractions – The Science Behind the Magic
Magnets in Conservation Workshop
Taught by Gwen Spicer, Conservator and AIC Fellow

Friday, July 13, 2018 (10:00am – 4:30pm)
Register by July 1, 2018 (limited to 20 participants)

For information about registration and details about the event visit the link below!
http://www.necaconservation.org/other-conservation-events.html

See below for information about an exhibition now at theJohn J. Burns Library, Boston College:​Dreams of Art & Glory B...
06/11/2018
- Boston College Libraries

See below for information about an exhibition now at the
John J. Burns Library, Boston College:

​Dreams of Art & Glory
Book Craft by the Roycrofters
June 11 - October 1, 2018
Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries

The exhibit is co-curated by Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator, and Andrew Isidoro, Reading Room Assistant

Visit the webpage for more details:
https://library.bc.edu/exhibits/2018/Jun/roycrofters/

Ask us anything! We can help you find answers to your questions, resources for your projects, or refer you to other experts.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is now accepting applications for the pre-program Objects and Paintings Conservation...
05/07/2018
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Objects and Paintings Conservation Technician

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is now accepting applications for the pre-program Objects and Paintings Conservation Technician position. Click on the link below for more information or to apply:

The Objects and Paintings Conservation Technician participates in the preservation of the permanent collection of sculpture, decorative arts and paintings at the Gardner Museum. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone intent on entering a graduate conservation program but seeking fur....

01/22/2018

CALL FOR SPEAKERS -
NECA Annual Regional Intern/Fellow Presentations

This year's presentations will take place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the evening of March 8th, 2018.

NECA is seeking four speakers to present at this year’s event. Presentations will each be 20 minutes long and may focus on current or past projects, or a combination. Interns/fellows at various stages of their conservation careers as well as from a variety of conservation specialties are sought and encouraged to present. This includes pre-program, graduate, and post graduate or advanced level fellows and interns. Presenters will be selected on a combination of a first come basis and to represent a range of lab/institution types, geographic locations, stage of career, and conservation specialty.

This event is a popular, annual event for NECA members. While the talks are typically formal Power Point presentations, the atmosphere is casual, collegial and supportive.

If you are interested in giving a presentation or have any questions, please email NECA Board Member Jess Chloros ([email protected]), with your name, job title, and a brief description of your proposed presentation topic.

Renew your NECA membership for 2018 or join for the first time by visiting our membership page!​Please renew your memb...
01/12/2018
Join or Renew

Renew your NECA membership for 2018 or join for the first time by visiting our membership page!

​Please renew your membership by the end of January to be included in the 2018 directory. If you joined NECA last year after October 1, your membership will be applied to this year.

-To Join or Renew via CHECK please fill out the membership application form below, then mail your dues check to: NECA c/o Debra Cuoco 26 Montrose St #2 Somerville, MA 02143 Checks should be made out...

Our biennial fall meeting is right around the corner and there are still spots available for those wanting to register l...
10/05/2017
NECA Conference October 2017

Our biennial fall meeting is right around the corner and there are still spots available for those wanting to register last minute. Such a great line up of lectures, tours and an evening reception and dinner with colleagues in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island!

The New England Conservation Association is excited to announce the schedule of events for its Biennial Fall Meeting in Newport, RI on October 13 and 14, 2017 . Events will take place at venues...

Thanks very much to Barbara Kellum for a wonderful tour of the Oplontis exhibition at Smith College yesterday! The exhib...
07/30/2017

Thanks very much to Barbara Kellum for a wonderful tour of the Oplontis exhibition at Smith College yesterday! The exhibition ends August 13th so hurry over if you haven't seen it yet!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the NECA/Boston area ECPN Portfolio Event! We had a great time meeting everyone and ...
11/11/2016

Thanks to everyone who came out for the NECA/Boston area ECPN Portfolio Event! We had a great time meeting everyone and sharing our portfolios. Special thanks to the folks at the Weissman Preservation Center for hosting!

10/24/2016

NECA and Boston ECPN present….
2nd Annual Portfolio Day
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Current students and recent alumni from the North American art conservation graduate programs will be sharing their pre-program portfolios and answering any questions you may have about graduate education in art conservation. Established conservators from the Boston area will also be present to answer any questions. Please take advantage of this amazing opportunity to view portfolios and seek advice about applying to graduate programs! While this event is geared towards pre-program students and interns, we also encourage established professionals to come support the area’s emerging conservators as well.
Weissman Preservation Center Harvard Library 90 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138 Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of your ECPN liaisons, as the building is badge-access only.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

08/04/2016

Costume Society of America’s Northeastern Region is offering a
Textiles and Costume Collections Care Workshop
Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:30AM – 4:30PM
The New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St., Concord, NH

The intention of the CSA Northeastern Region’s Workshop Initiative is to broaden the understanding of CSA and support its mission in the NE Region through collaboration with institutions and individual members.
The goal of the initiative is to disseminate knowledge through collaborative workshops at centrally located regional sites that are accessible to individual members and smaller institutions that may not have the ability to attend our semi-annual symposia.
A day-long Textiles and Costume Collections Care Workshop will be held on October 15, 2016 at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, NH designed for staff and volunteers from smaller institutions in the New England Region who are eager to learn how to care for their textile collections. Registration Fee: $65.00—Morning Coffee & Lunch Included.
Topics include best practices in collections care, conservation for the non-practitioner, mannequins & mounting, condition reporting, handling and storage, exhibition of flat and 3-D textiles, and utilizing a collection database. Presenters include Northeastern Region members Dr. Margaret Ordoñez, University of Rhode Island, Kristen Costa, Newport Restoration Foundation, Jessica Urick, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Renee Walker-Tuttle, Framingham State University, and Astrida Schaeffer, Independent Researcher and Museum Consultant.
Online, Phone or Mail-in Registration available at https://www.nhhistory.org/Educate/Adult-Programs/Workshops.aspx.

Contact Marie Schlag [email protected] or Faith Crisley [email protected] for additional information.

05/20/2016

******************Register by May 20th********************
Respiratory Protection Lecture & Fit-Testing Session
June 10, 2016 at 10AM

Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
[Smith College Museum of Art - Elm St. at Bedford Terrace - Northampton, MA 01063]

NECA is pleased to offer a respiratory safety lecture and fit-test session, in collaboration with the AIC’s Health & Safety Committee. The program will be conducted by Certified Industrial Hygienist William Henderson of TRC Solutions (Woburn, MA), in accordance with OSHA protocols.

The event will include:

Respiratory Protection Lecture (required before Fit-Test Session) - General information on care, maintenance and proper use. The critical element is selecting and using the right type of respirator and filter/cartridge to abate the specific chemical or particulate hazards a conservator is faced with. Recommendations for making these assessments (local industrial hygiene/safety services; respirator vendor resources) will be discussed.

Individual Fit-Testing Appointments – Conducted by Certified Industrial Hygienists, in accordance with OSHA protocols. Participants will sign up for a time-slot ahead of the June 10th date. A selection of half-mask respirator models and sizes will be available for attendees to try during the fit-test. If you already own a respirator and want to bring it to verify proper fit, include the manufacturer and model number/type on your RSVP sign-up. Do not purchase a respirator for this fit-test. Medical Clearance from your health care provider is required.

Medical Clearance (On your own, required before Fit-Test Session) - Certification from your health provider that you are medically cleared to wear a respirator.
Scheduling with your health care provider is your responsibility.

Registration:
Cost of the program is $75; please submit payment, together with the registration form, by the May 20, 2016 deadline. Checks should be made out to NECA and mailed to:

Babette Gehnrich - 1028 Pleasant Street - Paxton, MA 01612

Please contact Babette Gehnrich if you have any questions; email [email protected] or phone 508/471-2169

Address

Andover, MA
01810

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