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.

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.

10/01/2019

If you are planning to attend this Friday's NECA Biennial Fall Meeting in Providence please register and RSVP before 2:30pm today! Meeting schedule and registration info are in the two previous posts. Thank you!

Dear Members,The NECA Fall Meeting in Providence, RI is coming right up at the end of this week! We have an exciting two...
09/30/2019

Dear Members,

The NECA Fall Meeting in Providence, RI is coming right up at the end of this week! We have an exciting two days of events planned at our two host institutions, The Rockefeller Library at Brown University and the RISD Art Museum. Please see the attached agenda for details.

We do have a few more spaces available, so if you haven't already registered please be sure to do so by Tuesday, October 1.

We hope to see you in Providence,

The NECA Board

07/10/2019

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 3:30-5:00pm, please join us at the Harvard Art Museums for a meeting focusing on the special exhibition, Prince Shōtoku: The Secrets Within. Conservators Angela Chang and Penley Knipe from the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies will share their collaborative research on the sculpture of Prince Shōtoku at Age Two and its cache of more than 70 objects from its hollow body cavity. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

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

The tour should last about 45 minutes, with time afterwards to roam the museum. At 5pm we’ll head out for some socializing at Grafton Street Pub!

We hope you can join us for this special members-only tour.

The New England Conservation Association (NECA), in collaboration with Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services, ...
06/24/2019
New England Conservation Association

The New England Conservation Association (NECA), in collaboration with Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services, is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop Color Theory for Conservators, taught by bookbinder and painter, Julia Rabin.

Color Theory for Conservators - 2 Day Workshop

Location: Dartmouth College Library Preservation Lab, Hanover, NH
Date: August 8-9, 2019
Cost: $60 NECA members; $85 non-members (includes $25 NECA annual membership)
Deadline: Register by July 8, 2019

Description:
Please join us to learn about color theory, mixing colors and color matching for repair and other applicable conservation uses with bookbinder and painter Julia L. Rabin. In this class you will learn how to paint cloth, paper and tissue for repairs, and how different paints and techniques offer lasting archival solutions to your conservation practice.

We will cover an overview of color theory, mixing colors, and build with layers of color to create desired effects and harmonious outcomes. There will be ample time for practice and you will have samples to take home.

Julia L. Rabin holds a degree from the University of Massachusetts and the London City and Guilds' Advanced Craft Certificate in Decorative painting and conservation. After operating an architectural paint conservation business and teaching decorative painting for 12 years, Julia decided to change direction. Since 2000, Julia has focused exclusively on bookbinding with Peter Geraty at the Praxis Bindery.

Limit 15 participants. A list of recommended lodging, restaurants, and thing to do in the Upper Valley Region will be provided following registration. A limited number of free rooms with local conservators may be available.

Please email Carolyn Frisa at [email protected] to reserve your spot and coordinate payment. NECA membership must be up-to-date to register for the workshop. Please visit our website for more information about membership, including a registration form http://www.necaconservation.org/

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2-Day Workshop, September 13-14, 2019 “The Use of Gels for Stain Reduction in Paper Based Objects”with Daria Keynan, NYC...
06/10/2019
Join or Renew

2-Day Workshop, September 13-14, 2019
“The Use of Gels for Stain Reduction in Paper Based Objects”
with Daria Keynan, NYC

NECA is pleased to offer this advanced-level workshop to its members, with financial support from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation.

Daria Keynan is a paper conservator in private practice in New York City, specializing in conservation of modern and contemporary art, one of the first conservators in the US to have embraced and perfected the use of gels in paper conservation. Hosted by the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, the workshop will be held in the Society’s new conservation lab, designed by Samuel Anderson Architects of NYC.

The workshop will provide both theoretical background and practical experience with polysaccharide and synthetic gels and pH and Conductivity adjusted water. Participants will develop an understanding of the gels’ physical and chemical properties and how they can be tailored to suit a specific treatment. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the chemistry and mechanics of gels and working properties of adjusted waters, followed by demonstrations of preparation and application. Significant time will be dedicated to hands-on work with expendable paper objects and mock-ups. There are many possible applications yet to be explored for these materials, and this workshop is intended to provide an introduction to their current and potential uses.

The workshop is available to NECA members only; if you wish to join see this link: http://www.necaconservation.org/join-or-renew.html
As the workshop is supported by FAIC funding, pricing is as follows:
NECA members, who belong to AIC: $500
NECA members, who do not belong to AIC: $550
(AIC membership is not a requirement)

Registration:
The workshop is limited to 12 participants; the registration is deadline is August 9, 2019. To guarantee your spot, payment in full, with completed registration form, must be received by that date. Checks should be made out to NECA and mailed to Babette Gehnrich (address below). Registrants will receive written confirmation.

For any questions and to submit your registration & payment please be in touch with
Babette Gehnrich
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
[email protected]
508/471-2169

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 Boo...
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.

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