The Amon Carter Museum of American Art welcomed Stacey Mei Kelly in October 2015 to the lab for a two year fellowship in paper conservation. Stacey graduated from Northumbria University in 2015, specializing in the conservation of works of art on paper. While at the Carter, Stacey will research the prints of Jose Posada, specifically identifying the dyes in Posada’s papers. She will be attempting to establish a protocol for the efficient and safe removal of oxidized tapes and various other common treatment challenges. In addition to her research, Stacey will be assisting in the lab and with all other museum functions related to conservation.
Fernanda Valverde, the Carter’s conservator of photographs, will be teaching a class and workshop as part of the FAIC Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials Symposium, March 14 – Mar 18, 2016 at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.
Jodie Utter, the Carter’s conservator of works on paper, has co-authored the recently published book, Charles M. Russell, Watercolors 1887–1926. She conducted the first technical study of artist Charles M. Russell’s watercolor paintings and studio materials. Russell worked in bronze, wax and painting in oil and watercolors, he is thought to have produced approximately 3000 works in his lifetime, with 1100 of those being watercolors. A lecture and book signing are scheduled for March 24, 2016 at 6:30 in the Museum’s auditorium.
The Carter will be collaborating with the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History’s new conservation science program at the University of Texas in Dallas. Ongoing research projects include the analysis and characterization of Morton C. Bradley’s historical pigment collection, and an investigation of the surface materials on 14 of Jose Posada’s printing blocks.
The conservation lab will be hosting a FAIC workshop taught by Sarah Reidell on The Use & Creation of Pre-Coated Repair Materials, February 24-26, 2016.