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Sunday, May 28 • 8:30am - Monday, May 29 • 5:00pm
Approaches to the Conservation of Contemporary Murals FILLING

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This unique two-day workshop will focus on visits to outdoor community murals in Chicago from the past half-century, in various states of preservation. A key component will be presentations and discussions by artists, community members, and conservators regarding various approaches to conservation, treatment, repainting, or renewal of these public murals. Destinations will include visits to oil-based, acrylic-based, spray-painted and mosaic and bricolage murals on a variety of exterior walls. Considerations of the lifespan of various mural materials will be central to the on-site observations of the murals. Discussions will include such topics as the history of community murals in Chicago, significance of community murals today, rights, roles and responsibilities of artists, arts organizations, conservators, and community; philosophical questions of value and community choice, materials, methods and approaches for conservation, restoration and renewal, and maintenance of community murals. The latest research on protective and anti-graffiti coatings will also be presented.

Cost: $279 

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Will Shank, [Fellow]

Independent Conservator and Curator, Rescue Public Murals
Trained at the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, and the Harvard University Museums, Will Shank is former head of conservation at SFMOMA. Based in Barcelona, he specializes in the care of contemporary painting collections and murals. A Fellow of AIC... Read More →
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Leslie Rainer, [PA]

Wall Paintings Conservator, Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
Leslie Rainer is a wall paintings conservator and senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute. She has been involved in the conservation of wall paintings on projects in the US, France, Italy, West Africa, China, Mexico, Guatemala and Peru. She is currently project manager for the Herculaneum project to study and conserve the decorated architectural surfaces of the tablinum of the House of the Bicentenary at the archaeological site of Herculaneum, and she led the conservation component of the mural... Read More →
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Rahmaan Barnes

Street Artist and Muralist
Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, surrounded by urban art and public murals, I became inspired to be involved with the subculture of urban graffiti. A consequent arrest for “vandalism” put me on a mission to legitimize the production of aerosol murals. This became the main focus of my work: public murals that fuse the graffiti aesthetic with a classical training received from the American Academy of Art. As co-founder of RK Design, a graphic arts and mural company, I have produced over 200 murals, multiple CD covers, book illustrations and logo designs. Through the Chicago Public Art Group, as well as Gallery 37, I have instructed children in mural painting techniques, as well as mentored young artists in their craft. I currently work out of my studio in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, where in addition to pieces created in oil, acrylic, graphite, pen... Read More →

Astrid Fuller

Artist of historic murals
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Olivia Gude

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Muralist and Professor
Angela Paterakis Professor of Art Education (2015). BA, Webster College, St. Louis. MFA, University of Chicago. Publications: Art Education; Journal of Korean Society for Education through Art; Studies in Art Education; Teaching Tolerance Magazine; Chapters in Art, Culture, and... Read More →
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Jeff Huebner

I'm an arts journalist and freelance writer who's a regular contributor to the Chicago Reader. My articles and occasional reviews have also appeared in ARTnews, Public Art Review, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, Ceramics Monthly, Labor's Heritage, and Chicago magazine and the Chicago... Read More →
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Nancy Plax

Community Organizer
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Jon Pounds

Executive Director Emeritus, Chicago Public Art Group
Jon Pounds was formerly the Executive Director of the Chicago Public Art Group. Pounds, whose early public work involved creating temporary street installations, joined Chicago Public Art Group in 1983 and began creating collaborative public artworks. Through building playground structures, sculptures, and painting murals, Pounds gained an appreciation for the need to carefully organize and manage the resources for such projects. In 1989, he became the Director of CPAG, and committed himself to integrating personal and professional growth while developing the ability of the organization and its artists to respond more fully to community needs. CPAG has experienced significant growth under his leadership. Pounds has presented workshops on public art and community design processes in San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston, Cleveland, and many other cities. He has also served as consultant to mural organizations in Philadelphia, New York City, and Covington, Kentucky Pounds was the project sculptor and general manager for the... Read More →
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Steve Weaver

Executive Director, Chicago Public Art Group
Steve Weaver is the Executive Director of Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG), a 45-year-old non-profit organization whose mission is to unite artist and communities in partnership to produce quality public art. Steve collaborates with schools, parks, libraries, community-based organ... Read More →
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John Pitman Weber

Best known as a public artist, John Pitman Weber has also been active in the studio for over thirty years. Mr. Weber has created public works in England, France, New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Chicago as well as for small cities in Georgia and Iowa. In over 40 major projects, he has collaborated with teens, young adults, teachers and seniors, landscape architects and contractors. His media include mosaic, cement relief, carved brick, ceramic tile and paint. He has led workshops in Chicago; Columbus, Ohio; Joliet, Illinois; Jersey City, New Jersey, New Jersey; Brooklyn, New York; Philadelphia; Minneapolis; and Grand Forks, North Dakota, as well as Brussels, Paris, LaRochelle, and Cuernavaca. He has mentored complex projects and consulted on space and project planning. | | In 2000, Weber and Nina Smoot Cain led the Iowa project for... Read More →
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Bernard Williams

Artist and restorer
Bernard Williams is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He holds a BFA degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, 1987. Williams has been teaching art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1991. | | The artist has been commissioned to create many large-scale outdoor murals in Chicago and in other cities. Mural commissions have been sponsored by a range of organizations and corporations including... Read More →
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Caryl Yasko

Caryl Yasko graduated from Dominican College with a bachelor's degree in art in 1963.  She sold her first painting, The Blue Pail, to help pay for the birth of her first child.  When her husband was awarded a Fullbright scholarship in 1968, the couple moved to Japan with their three young sons. She continued to develop as an artist and was influenced by the Japanese brush and ink technique, which she incorporated into her trademark... Read More →

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Voices in Contemporary Art

Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) is a non-profit organization that generates critical dialogue and interdisciplinary programming to address the production, presentation, and preservation of contemporary art. Though based in New York City, VoCA is a mobile organization, partnerin... Read More →
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Golden Artist Colors

Golden Artist Colors is a manufacturing company that focuses almost entirely on paints used in fine art, decoration, and crafts. Based in New Berlin, New York, the company produces the largest line of acrylic colors that is currently available to artists, including recreations of... Read More →
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National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in th... Read More →
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ICOM-CC Murals

The Murals, Stone, and Rock Art Working Group aims to promote conservation of wall paintings, stone, rock art, and mosaics and to consider their survival in their original locations. The materials covered by this group have common physical attributes of being both porous and brit... Read More →
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Nova Color Artists' Acrylic Paint

Nova Color Artists' Acrylic Paint is a top quality artists’ acrylic paint suitable for use on canvas, paper, fabric, wood, plaster, masonry, and most non-slick, non-oily surfaces. Nova Color Artists' Acrylics are as a fine art paint and mural paint as well as for fabric painting... Read More →

Sunday May 28, 2017 8:30am - Monday May 29, 2017 5:00pm
Tour Departure Area - Crystal Foyer At the Hyatt Regency WEST TOWER

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