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Thursday June 30 2011

Meet the State Hermitage Museum's (and Russia's) first photograph conservators

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    • Evgeniia Glinka and Natalia Laytar treat photos from study collection
    • Tatiana Sayatina treating a photo
    • Natalia Avetyan surface cleaning
    • Learning to use the stereomicroscope
    • Natalia Laytar uses the stereomicroscope
    • Rachel Wetzel leads an inpainting lesson
    • Inpainting lesson
    • Hermitage conservators listen as Anna Yates Krain explains a housing technique

Natalia Avetyan, Tatiana Sayatina, Natalia Laytar, and Evgeniia Glinka visited CCAHA to learn photograph conservation basics as they establish a laboratory at Russia's State Hermitage Museum. All have experience in transitioning between diverse areas of conservation.

Monday June 13 2011

Treatment Focus: Conserving 200 years of early American history

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    • Lining documents with toned mulberry tissue and wheat starch paste
    • Jilliann Wilcox surface cleaning a manuscript from the New York State Library (for News)
    • Surface cleaning a manuscript from the New York State Library
    • Washing papers from the New York State Library's Van Rensselaer collection
    • Van Rensselaer Manor manuscripts before treatment

The New York State Library’s collection of letters, contracts, maps, and other papers from the Manor of Rensselaerswijck documents 200 years of business transactions, daily routines, and traditions in one of America's earliest European settlements.

Thursday June 9 2011

Training Russia's first photograph conservators

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    • Hermitage conservators learning to construct storage enclosures for photographs
    • Hermitage conservators with completed storage enclosures
    • Hermitage conservators surface cleaning photographs

Four conservators from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia will visit CCAHA June 9-17 to learn the technicalities of photograph conservation—a field that does not yet exist in Russia.

Monday June 6 2011

In the latest issue of Art-i-facts...

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    • Sailor Jerry flash art sheet after treatment
    • Using a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer on a bandbox

The spring issue features the flash art, drawings, and stencils of tattoo artist Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins and 19th-century bandboxes from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.  We also remember Glen Ruzicka, a colleague, mentor, and friend.

Wednesday June 1 2011

CCAHA's first American Academy in Rome Fellow returns from her studies at the Vatican Museums

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    • Minah working on a painting at the Vatican
    • View of Rome from the Vatican

Conservator Minah Song is the first of two fellows from CCAHA invited to study conservation through the Academy.  She spent her six-week fellowship treating a 16th/17th-century Chinese painting in the Vatican's Missionary Ethnological Museum conservation laboratory.

Wednesday May 18 2011

CCAHA receives IMLS Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant for Pennsylvania

    • Imagining Our Future brochure cover with space

Thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant, CCAHA will launch Imagining the Future: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Collections, a comprehensive preservation plan for Pennsylvania’s museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites.

Tuesday May 17 2011

CCAHA awarded grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

    • NEA Fellow Marion Verborg inpainting losses on Reading the Emancipation Proclamation with pastels

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that CCAHA has been recommended for a grant to support a one-year advanced fellowship beginning September 1. Advanced Fellow Mary Broadway will gain hands-on experience in all areas of the conservation process.

Friday April 29 2011

Conserving beautiful hand-colored lithographs from the Album Vilmorin

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    • Surface cleaning NAL Album Vilmorin
    • National Agricultural Library Album Vilmorin prints BT
    • NAL Album Vilmorin applying dilute bleach gel
    • NAL Album Vilmorin AT close-up
    • NAL Album Vilmorin applying gel

Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie, the 19th-century seed company, was known not only for its quality product and research but for its impressive publications. Eleven plates from its celebrated Album Vilmorin, owned by the National Agricultural Library, recently received treatment.

Tuesday April 12 2011

CCAHA's treatment of legendary tattoo artist Sailor Jerry's work featured in Philadelphia Daily News

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    • Testing inks on a Sailor Jerry flash art sheet
    • Sailor Jerry flash art sheet after treatment

A team of 10 conservators just finished treatment on the flash art, drawings, and stencils of Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, arguably the greatest tattoo artist of the 20th century. Read the article here.

Wednesday March 30 2011

A treasured copy of Reading the Emancipation Proclamation, preserved

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    • Close-up of Reading the Emancipation Proclamation
    • Reading the Emancipation Proclamation before treatment
    • Reading the Emancipation Proclamation after treatment
    • NEA Fellow Marion Verborg inpainting losses on Reading the Emancipation Proclamation with pastels

The 1864 engraving Reading the Emancipation Proclamation was one of few images commemorating the freedom order to focus on the reactions of freed slaves.  CCAHA Fellow Marion Verborg just completed treatment on one family’s cherished copy.