February 19–23, 2018
The Getty Conservation Institute is pleased to announce Surface Treatment Strategies for Outdoor Painted Sculpture 2018.
This is the first in an ongoing series of workshops related to the GCI's Outdoor Sculpture project. As part of Outdoor Sculpture, the GCI has developed strong relationships with conservators specialized in the treatment of outdoor painted sculpture, as well as paint industry professionals, paint applicators, and artists' estates and foundations. The curriculum for this series of workshops results from the combined expertise and interaction of this diverse range of professionals.
The workshop will include lectures, group discussions, and site visits as well as demonstrations and practical exercises. Due to the large scale of outdoor painted sculpture, hands-on activities will be limited to local retouching. There will be opportunities to look at objects off-site and discuss their condition and associated treatment options, as well as maintenance approaches. A site visit to a paint applicator will also be included.
The objectives of the workshop are to provide conservators with the practical and theoretical tools to design effective treatment strategies for outdoor painted sculpture. As a result of the workshop, participants will be better able to:
- diagnose coatings failure,
- understand and select paint systems,
- understand the pros and cons of different application methods,
- carry out treatment logistics and planning,
- exhibit the practical skills for local retouching when applicable,
- work with the paint industry, paint applicators, and artists' estates and foundations,
- know various approaches to maintenance.
John Escarsega, DoD Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings (CARC) Commodity Manager, Camouflage, and Coatings and Corrosion, US Army Research Laboratory
Rosa Lowinger, Principal Conservator, RLA Conservation, Miami and Los Angeles
Abigail Mack, Sculpture Conservator and Principal, Mack Art Conservation, Red Hook, New York
Nikki van Basten, Conservator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the Netherlands
Stephanie Auffret, Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
Rachel Rivenc, Associate Scientist, Getty Conservation Institute
Space for this workshop is limited to eighteen mid-career conservators specializing in modern and contemporary art. Priority will be given to applicants currently working with outdoor painted sculpture, ideally with at least three to five years experience with these materials, and in a position to share the knowledge and skills gained during the course with the conservation community through teaching, conference presentations or publications. The workshop language is English.
The fee workshop of US$600 includes refreshments during breaks, a boxed lunch for a site visit, a reception, supplies for hands-on activities and transportation to site visits. Accepted participants are responsible for all travel and other expenses associated with the workshop.
Please complete the application according to the instructions below. Applicants should prepare information in advance and be ready to complete, save and email the form in one sitting.
Step 1: Download the PDF application form to your computer.
Step 2: Rename the PDF file using your last name as the file name (example: OPS_Jones_App_2018.pdf).
Step 3: Open the application form in Acrobat Reader* only. Do not complete the form from within any browser window (Chrome, Safari, etc.) or in Preview (Mac users), as it will not be fully functional.
Step 4: Complete the form; save it; then email it, with any attachments, to GCIOPS@getty.edu with "OPS_2018 Application" in the subject line. Important: email the saved PDF; do not use the submit button.
Application deadline is October 14, 2017.
Final selection of applicants will be made according to the eligibility criteria outlined above by November 4, 2017.
If you have questions about the workshop, the application process, or require additional information, please contact GCIOPS@getty.edu.
This workshop is part of the Research into Practice Initiative, which seeks to facilitate the practical application of new research to conservation problems.
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Page updated: August 2017