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Thursday, June 1 • 10:00am - 10:30am
(Research & Technical Studies) Conservation Science 2.0: The Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts

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The Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS) was founded with a generous grant of $2,5M from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as a collaborative endeavor in conservation science that pursues objects-based and objects-inspired scientific research to advance the role of science within art history, curatorial scholarship, archaeology, and conservation. By leveraging resources at the Art Institute (AIC) and materials-related departments at Northwestern University (NU) the center, the first of its kind, is developing, harvesting and adapting innovations in other fields to advance our capabilities of studying, preserving and treating art. Within the Northwestern campus, it is serving as a catalyst to inspire and direct new cutting edge research in academia focused on cultural heritage, with accomplishments in analytical science, modeling, visualization, data fusion and data processing as demonstrated by over 40 peer reviewed publications to date. The Center also brings scientific equipment and expertise to collections that have no such talent in house (most recently, for example, the Guggenheim museum in New York, the Georgia O'Keeffe museum in Santa Fe, and the Musèe National Picasso in Paris, France). This research and education initiative also provides enhanced training opportunities for participants through involvement in university-museum multidisciplinary programs, early career internships, postdoctoral fellowships and visiting scholars' opportunities. Now in its fourth year of operation, the center is internationally recognized as a model of interdisciplinary scientific research in the arts. Since its creation the Center has focused on a broad variety of projects on materials ranging from archaeological glass and paintings to modern bronzes and artworks pursuing objectives as diverse as collecting materials evidence for dating, advancing knowledge for technical art history, enhancing conservation and exhibitions and developing new technologies. To date, more than fifty proposals have been submitted from all around the world, demonstrating the great need of such a resource for museums that have the intellectual curiosity but not the scientific expertise in house. In this talk we will provide select examples of NU-ACCESS projects to illustrate the center's role as a sustainable model for integrating scientific investigation into the next generation museum practice.

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Francesca Casadio

Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist and Co-director NU-ACCESS, The Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University
Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 to establish and direct a state of the art conservation science laboratory. In January 2018, she will assume the post of Executive Director of Conservation and Science in the same institution. Dr. Casadio has also established... Read More →
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Marc Sebastian Walton

Co-Director, Research Professor, Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts
Marc Walton joined the Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts in 2013 as its inaugural Senior Scientist and as a Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. In January of 2018, he was appointed... Read More →

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Monica Olvera de la Cruz

Co-Director, Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS)
Monica Olvera de la Cruz is a soft-matter theorist, the Lawyer Taylor Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. Monica obtained her B.A. in Physics from the UNAM, Mexico, in 1981, and her Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge... Read More →
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Emeline Pouyet

Post Doctoral Fellow, Northwestern/ARTIC Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts
Emeline Pouyet completed her Ph.D. studies in 2015 at the ID21 beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France). She received her M.S. degree in Archeometry in 2010 with a project focused on the study of ancient glassmaking processes. At the ID21 beamline... Read More →
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Johanna Salvant

Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University / Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS)
Johanna Salvant studied Chemistry and Materials Science at Chimie-ParisTech in Paris, France, and obtained her M.Sc. in the analysis of archeological materials at the University College London, UK. Johanna completed her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry performing analyses of chemical... Read More →

Ken Sutherland

Conservation Scientist, Art Institute of Chicago
Ken Sutherland is a scientist in the Department of Conservation and Science at the Art Institute of Chicago. He held previous positions as scientist in the Conservation Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Research Fellow in the Scientific Research Department of the National... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Regency D Ballroom Level, West Tower