Monday, January 13, 2020

Call For New NTAAC Board Nominees

NTAAC (The North Texas Association for Art Conservation) is currently accepting nominees for its new Board. Nominations are open to all professionals in the art conservation, preservation, museum services and affiliated fields. You can nominate a colleague or nominate yourself. The elected candidates will serve for a 2 year term helping direct and grow this important resource for the art and history community of North Texas.

Visit the NTAAC Blog for an overview of past events at:
North Texas Association for Art Conservation

Please send your nominee's name and contact info to Brad no later than Friday, 1/31/2020

Brad Ford Smith

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