Ruby Awburn, Haddon Dine and Julie Wertz from the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums will present paintings and objects along with materials and analysis on how science and art coincide in conservation work.
A Q&A will be moderated by Katherine Hoffmann, Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Cal Lutheran. This presentation is generously provided by the Harvard Art Museums.
Awburn is the painting conservation fellow at the Straus Center. In 2016, she received a Masters of Cultural Materials Conservation from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she served as an assistant painting conservator at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation before joining the Straus Center. She has undertaken painting conservation internships at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Australia and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Dine, the objects conservation fellow at the Straus Center, holds an MS in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and a BS in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. Before attending graduate school, Dine worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and interned with Adam Jenkins Conservation Services. She has had graduate conservation internships at the Lunder Conservation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and The Walters Art Museum.
Wertz is a Beal Family Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation Science at the Straus Center. She uses analytical chemistry to study the materials of historical and art objects at the museums, including dyes on textiles, pigments in paint, and the identity of binding media. She is especially interested in color and the processes of making objects, both individually and industrially. Before joining the Harvard Art Museums, she researched Turkey red textile dyeing and printing, madder and synthetic alizarin, and natural and early aniline dyes at the University of Glasgow, where she earned her PhD. She earned her BA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
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