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The Getty Conservation Institute, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Foundation are pleased to announce the symposium "Facing the Challenges of Panel Paintings Conservation: Trends, Treatments, and Training," to be held May 17 and 18, 2009, at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

This two-day event will highlight recent developments in panel paintings research and conservation strategies, ranging from specific treatment projects to related exhibition issues, and will include discussion of education and training needs. Symposium speakers and contributors have been invited from around the world and include specialists in the structural treatment of panel paintings, as well as curators, scientists, and conservation specialists in related fields.

The symposium is part of the broader multiyear Panel Paintings Initiative recently launched by the GCI, the Getty Foundation, and the Getty Museum to address the need for training conservators in the structural conservation of panel paintings and to advance best-treatment practices in collections around the world (see Conservation, vol.23, no.2). Guided by an international advisory group, the initiative will include an assessment of training needs and opportunities, a Web-based resource for sharing teaching and reference materials, and the development of training opportunities for conservators dealing with the structural stabilization of panel paintings. The initiative builds on a previous symposium on this topic organized by the Getty Museum and the GCI in 1995.

For registration information, please visit the Getty Web site.