Workshop 2018

February 19–23, 2018
Getty Center

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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.

Class Content

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

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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