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Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Cross-Disciplinary Connections in Conservation Science and Technical Art History


July 30-31, 2016


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME


Tana E. Villafana & Alyssa Hull

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to explore the applicability of new techniques and technologies from outside disciplines to the study of cultural heritage. The content of the presentations will encourage communication among emerging professionals in the diverse fields that impact cultural heritage science and also engage the development of new methodologies and study programs for technical art history.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Conservation Science and the Art of Working Together
Discussion Leader: Douglas Maclennan (J. Paul Getty Museum, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmGregory Smith (Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA)
"Communicating and Collaborating Across the Arts-Science Interface at the Indianapolis Museum of Art"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmScientific Research in Technical Case Studies and Investigations in Technical Art History
Discussion Leader: Louisa Smieska (Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmKate Dooley (National Gallery of Art, USA)
"High-Resolution Standoff Chemical Imaging of Bellini and Titian's The Feast of the Gods: Reflectance and X-Ray Fluorescence Imaging Spectroscopies"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJae Anderson (University of Arizona, USA)
"Coping with Arsenic-Based Pesticides on Textile Collections"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmKristin deGhetaldi (University of Delaware, USA)
"Technical Art History: Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmFlorica Matau (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Romania)
"The Shell Tempered Cucuteni Pottery from Eastern Romania: A Multi-Methodological Study"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAnalytical Methodologies for the Investigation of Historic Materials
Discussion Leader: Victor Gonzalez (Center for Research and Restoration of Museums of France (C2RMF), France)
9:00 am - 9:20 amZachary Voras (University of Delaware, USA)
"Egg Tempera Degradation as Profiled by GCIS and Observed by XPS and ToF-SIMS"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amRosie Grayburn (Getty Conservation Institute, USA)
"Nano and Micro Depth-Profiling for Investigating Copper Migration Through Aged Acrylic Coatings on Bronze Statuary"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amBirgit van Driel (Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands)
"Prevention Is Better than the Cure: Collaborative Research to Investigate Photocatalytic Activity of Titanium White Pigments and Early Detection of Photocatalytic Degradation"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAlessa Gambardella (Rijksmuseum, The Netherlands)
"Ultramarine Disease as Influenced by Pigment Preparation"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPlastics, Polymers, and Gels: Cleaning and Conservation
Discussion Leader: Emilie Campbell (Northwestern University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmTeresa Duncan (Georgetown University, USA)
"Aggregation of Glycol Ethers in Poly(Vinyl Acetate)-Borate Networks and Application to Cleaning Painted Surfaces"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmAnna Fricker (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"The Use of Surface Sensitive Techniques to Investigate Cleaning Protocols for Polymeric Artefacts"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmAnna Flach (Stony Brook University, USA)
"Synthesis, Functionalization, and Characterization of Porous Cross-linked Elastomers for the Removal (dry) of Surface Grime from Artwork"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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