Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Art Conservation October Happy Hour

Join us for the next NTAAC Happy Hour. Let's catch up and also talk about the recent NTAAC Conservation Symposium held last August.  Looking for some feedback .... how can it be better, more inclusive, more impactful? Who knows, maybe you already have a topic you would like to present at the next symposium?!

Tuesday Oct 15th at 6:00 
Join us at the one of the best pizza places in Dallas: 

5855 Maple Ave
Dallas 75235

See you there,

Friday, August 9, 2019

Art Conservation Conversations Event Aug 20th

North Texas Art Conservation

Curious about who takes care of art and cultural property? Go behind-the-scenes with 8 local art conservators.  An afternoon all about history, conservation treatments and restoration of fine art. Come hear conservators in private practice discuss the care taking of cultural objects from murals, to NASA chairs! It's all about conserving some of the best art and saving it for later.  

Tuesday, August 20, 1:00 PM– 5:00 PM 
Latino Cultural Center 
2600 Live Oak St.
Dallas TX
Sponsored by The City of Dallas & the North Texas Association for Art Conservation

This event is free and open to the public so come join us and invite your colleagues. 
See you there,

Monday, April 22, 2019

A Thursday Lunch To Talk About Broken Stuff

Studio Six Art Conservation
It's been too long since we all got together over some golden fried filets of fish and talked about broken stuff!!! Let's fix that by meeting up this Thursday at Big Shucks. 

I know everyone has been working hard on some interesting projects, exhibits, presentations... and we would all love to hear about them. This would also be a great time to talk about the future of conservation, preservation and restoration in DFW. So get out of your studio, lab, office and join the conversation.

This Thursday April 25th at 12:30
Big Shucks
6232 E Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75214

See you there,

Friday, October 5, 2018

NTAAC Meetup Looks at the Artwork of Tracy Hicks

This NTAAC get together will be at the Sp/n Gallery at UTD and will focus on the artwork of Tracy Hicks. Tracy approached art with a documentation/scientific flair, creating works in many different mediums including works on paper, video, photography, bronze, plastic resin, and taxidermy just to name a few. 

This retrospective exhibit is a great opportunity us to observe and discuss the long term conservation issues surrounding a wide range of modern art mediums. 

In attendance with be Assistant Gallery Director Brian Scott and Ron Siebler. They will be sharing their special insights on the creation and installation of this unusual exhibit.

We'll meet at the gallery on Thursday, Oct 18th at 4:00pm
UTD campus
3020 Stewart Dr
Richardson, TX 75080

We'll follow the conversation with a Happy Hour at the Northside Drafthouse

As always this NTAAC event is open to people, businesses, museums, organizations, societies and students who work with conservation, preservation, display or handling of art or historic artifacts. Please feel free to share this event notice.

Pull yourself away from that work desk and let's talk about broken stuff!

See you in the gallery,

Monday, April 16, 2018

Texas Association of Museums Conference in Houston

The Texas Association of Museums conference is just about to begin: April 18th  - 21st. As always there will be lots of panel discussions and events to attend.

NTAAC is inviting you to join the conversation at the Art Conservation Roundtable on Thursday morning.

This session will consist of five Texas based art conservators stationed at five tables. The conservators will introduce themselves and give a brief description of the field their table will be discussing. Participants move freely from table to table and ask questions.

Conservation fields represented will include: Furniture/ Frames- Alton Bowman, Scrapbooks- Olivia Primanis, Books- Kimberly Kwan, Photograph- Fernanda Valverde, and Ceramics - Brad Ford Smith. Popular topics will include but not limited to proper handling, storage, basic care, signs to watch out for and where to find more information. Each conservator will have demonstration materials and other information to help illustrate the various issues pertaining to their field.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Salt Cured Proof Of Occupancy

Ron Siebler and Mark Birnbaum keep making great videos about historic preservation. This time the project involves a 155 year old curing shed on the Opel Lawrence Farmstead in Mesquite Texas, a clump of salty newspaper and Tish Brewer, a paper conservator.

A clump of newspaper, bricked by salt and sand, is unearthed from the dirt floor of a 155 year-old curing shed and provides a clue to its history.

Click the video link below to see the video on Vimeo

Do you have a conservation or preservation project you would like to share? NTAAC would love to see it! Contact Brad at

Monday, March 5, 2018

Recap Gels In Conservation Conference 6 of 6

The London Gels in Conservation Conference: An IntroductionWritten by Jodie Utter, Senior Conservator of Works on Paper, Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Michelle Sullivan, “Rigid polysaccharide gels for paper conservation: a residue study”

This blog post is part of a series of observations about the London “Gels in Conservation” conference co-hosted by the Tate and IAP (International Academic Projects, Ltd). In mid-October, over the course of three days, some 41 authors presented research, techniques and ideas on gels in conservation. The talks were excellent, and I’ve focused on four that were notable for the wide range of materials treated and challenges faced. They ranged from coating/grime removal from a giant sequoia tree cross section, to dirt and varnish removal from Delacroix wall paintings, to removal of repairs from a fragile felt hat from a 18th century ship wreck, and an experiment comparing residues left behind by various gels on paper.

Research Question

The fourth talk I wanted to highlight is Michelle Sullivan’s “Rigid polysaccharide gels for paper conservation: a residue study” -- of particular interest to me as a paper conservator. It was one of the few studies exploring quantitatively if residue is left behind by gels used in the treatment of works on paper. If so, did how does that residue impact the paper? To easily track residue on the paper samples, fluorescein dyes visible in UV light were added to the gels tested. The experiment used agarose, gellan gum and methyl cellulose gels in three different concentrations applied to three different papers for three different time periods. In addition, a few variables were added to mimic treatment, such as applying the gels through Japanese paper and clearing the gels using a damp swab. Besides surface examination, cross sections of the samples were also taken to see if the gels were penetrating the paper surface. The cross sections seemed to suggest that gellan gum was being absorbed into the paper. Sullivan found that all the gels tested left a residue, with gellan gum apparently leaving behind the most. She found that applying the gels through a Japanese paper barrier was the most effective method in minimizing residue. After oven aging for 21 days, the rag sample treated with gellan gum darkened slightly, while all the other samples did not. Sullivan proposed that the darkening might be related to the gelatin content of the rag test paper. She plans to expand her test variables and continue to build on this research. This feels like very important research and I eagerly await to results of the next phase of her work.

Residue Experiment set-up

This blog series is a result of receiving the FAIC Carolyn Horton grant to help me attend the conference. I would like to gratefully acknowledge the FAIC for helping make it possible for me to attend this important conference.