Colloquium 2009

Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS): Research into Practice colloquium held July 7–11, 2009 at Getty Center, was a collaboration of the GCI and the Paintings Conservation department of the J. Paul Getty Museum (JPGM)

During the colloquium eighteen instructors and invited participants—conservation scientists and conservators from institutions and practices in the US and Europe—critically evaluated current ideas and practices relating to the cleaning of acrylic painted surfaces. Lectures presenting new research on the subject were complemented with hands-on cleaning and evaluation exercises applied to a variety of materials (including specially fabricated samples and paint films, and acrylic paintings). Group discussions were used to explore subjects such as current trends in cleaning of acrylic painted surfaces and pressing needs in terms of research and practice.

The colloquium participants also reflected upon the specific learning needs of paintings conservators dealing with contemporary acrylic painted surfaces and how the subsequent workshop might best address these needs through specific types of learning experiences.

Facilitators for the 2009 CAPS Colloquium:
Tiarna Doherty (JPGM)
Tom Learner (GCI)
Bronwyn Ormsby (Tate, London)
Alan Phenix (GCI)
Chris Stavroudis, (freelance conservator, Los Angeles)
Richard Wolbers (Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation)

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