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In the latest issue of Art-i-facts: CCAHA the science lab

    • Summer 2016 Art.i.facts Fellows

CCAHA may be described in many ways. It is a cutting-edge conservation facility, a digital imaging lab, and a resource for preservation guidelines, education programming, and grant planning. In the most recent issue of Art-i-facts, we discuss another aspect of CCAHA’s identity: that of conservation laboratory—a place of scientific research and discovery. At CCAHA, seasoned conservators and first-year fellows alike actively contribute to the field of conservation knowledge, writing papers and presenting at conferences.

As leading experts in the field, CCAHA’s conservators consult with specialists at other facilities. In Researching Ungilded Daguerreotype Treatment, we discuss CCAHA Photograph Conservator Rachel Wetzel’s recent collaboration with experts at institutions like the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute to develop a method for treating fragile daguerreotypes. This issue’s “High Watermarks” includes resources for those interested in learning more about daguerreotypes.

The Fellowship Year at CCAHA highlights CCAHA’s legacy of training the next generation of conservators through grant-funded fellowship programs. Fresh from graduate-level conservation programs, fellows embark on new research projects at CCAHA, often presenting their findings at national and even international conferences. “Questions for Jessica” is an interview with our Senior Paper Conservator & Preservation Consultant, who began her career at CCAHA as a graduate fellow eight years ago. 

Read the entire issue here.

Image: CCAHA Fellows Brook Prestowitz and Rémy Dreyfuss-Deseigne