1. Mannequins & Mounting Accessories
Instructor: Shelly Uhlir, Mount Maker, National Museum of the American Indian
Location: National Museum of the American Indian, National Mall, Washington

One-day workshop offered Nov. 6th and 7th. Using the processes, methods, and solutions developed during the preparation of NMAI's exhibition "Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses" as a springboard, this workshop will cover theories and realities of designing safe mounts for garments and their accessories. Part of the day will be devoted to discussion of participants' specific mannequin mount making challenges and to sharing information on students' own favorite techniques and materials.

Shelly M. Uhlir has just finished designing and fabricating the mannequin forms and mounts for over 50 dresses and 200 accessories in NMAI's "Identity by Design: Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses". Shelly has been working in museums for 20 years and as a full-time exhibition mountmaker since 1989. Before coming to NMAI in 2001, she worked as a freelance mountmaker. Before that, she worked as lead mountmaker and seminar co-instructor at Benchmark for twelve years. She was also on staff at The National Museum of African Art during their inaugural exhibitions. She has worked on a wide variety of exhibits at many different institutions across the US, Japan and the UK and has mounted thousands of objects, including many garments. Shelly received a B.A. in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History and Languages from Northern Illinois University in 1983 and has studied Chinese Language and Culture at the Xi'an Foreign Languages Institute and Linguistics and Teaching Methodology at the University of Maryland.

2. Aqueous Cleaning Methods
Instructor: Richard Wolbers, University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum
Location: NMAI Cultural Resources Center, Suitland MD

This is a two-day workshop offered Nov. 6th and 7th. The first day will cover general principles of wet-cleaning, while the second day will cover more advanced topics in aqueous cleaning such as bleaching, enzymes, poultices and "spotting". Participants who have taken Richard Wolber's workshops at previous NATCC conferences can sign up for the 2nd day only if they wish, however priority for the second day will be given to those participating in the first day of this workshop.

Richard C. Wolbers, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Science and Adjunct Paintings Conservator at the University of Delaware, received a B.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, in 1971. He also received an M.F.A. degree from the same institution in painting in 1977. In 1984, he earned an M.S. degree in art conservation from WUDPAC. His research interests include work in developing cleaning systems for fine art materials, as well as microscopically applied techniques for the characterization of paint binding materials. He has collaborated on research projects with The Getty Conservation Institute, Columbia University, and ICCROM in Rome. He has conducted workshops on his cleaning methods in Australia, England, Canada, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Italy and various locations throughout the United States. In winter 1991, he was featured on "Infinite Voyage," and presented an interactive satellite lecture from the University of Pittsburgh campus. In 2000 he published Cleaning Paintings: Aqueous Methods(Archetype Books, London), and has co-authored a chapter in Furniture Conservation (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003).

3. X-radiography for Textiles 
Instructors: Sonia O'Connor, University of Bradford, UK and Mary M. Brooks, Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, UK
Location: National Museum of African Art, National Mall, Washington DC

This workshop will be held on Nov. 6th and 7th. The first day will be a lecture format focusing on the theory and application of x-radiography to textiles. The second day will allow for hands-on experience using the x-ray unit with digital imaging at the National Museum of African Art. Participants can register for the first day only, or for both days.

Sonia A. O'Connor DipArchCons FIIC ACR; Research Fellow in archaeological conservation, O'Connor trained as an archaeological conservator and has worked in archaeological units, museums and universities. Her areas of expertise include the
X-radiography of cultural material. She received the 2002 Nemet Award of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing for her work in this field. 

Mary M. Brooks MA DMS DipTecCons FIIC ACR ILTM, Reader, Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, Brooks trained as a textile conservator, and has worked as a conservator and curator in museums nationally and internationally.
She has a particular interest in how conservation approaches can inform the interpretation and presentation of culturally significant artifacts.

Together, Brooks and O'Connor are joint authors of a number of papers on X-radiography and textiles and recently published an edited volume for Elsevier on the X-radiography of textiles and related organic materials.

4. Museum Track Lighting Seminar
Instructors: Scott Rosenfeld, Lighting Designer, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Levia Lew, Lighting Designer, National Museum of the American Indian
Location: National Museum of the American Indian, National Mall

This one-day workshop offered on Nov. 7th will cover the nuts and bolts of how to maximize the track lighting systems so often used in museums. Topics will include the basic properties of light, making objects look as bright as possible with a small amount of light, emphasizing texture, reducing visible, UV and IR components, and lighting designer's criteria for bulb selection for different types of artwork. Participants will tour the galleries and examine different lighting scenarios.

Scott Rosenfeld, LC, recently finished the six year process of renovating their grand galleries of the Smithsonian American Art Museum housed in the Old Patent Office Building. Other museum lighting design credits include The Renwick Gallery, The Freer and Sackler Gallery of Art, The Phillips Collection, The Walters Art Museum, Hillwood Museum and Gardens, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and The Mark Twain House and Museum.

5. Selecting Safe Exhibition and Storage Materials 
Instructor: Jean Tétreault, Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute
Location: National Museum of the American Indian, National Mall

This two-day workshop on Nov. 6th and 7th will provide an overview of products that are available in the market and used for making display cases, mount making or used for storage purposes. Wood and paper products, coatings, textiles and various types of plastics will be discussed. Spot tests to identify products will be demonstrated. The use of silica gels and sorbents will also be covered. Basic rules for the selection of products will be shown to avoid short and long term problems related to off-gassing or staining from direct contact. Searching the Internet for product information will be demonstrated. The workshop will be presented (with a good sense of humor) through PowerPoint presentations, examination of samples, group discussion, and exhibition and/or storage visit. Participants are welcome to bring samples for discussion.

Instructor Jean Tétreault has given this workshop more than 40 times in 12 different countries. Jean Tétreault graduated from the University of Montreal with an M.Sc. in analytical chemistry. In 1989, he joined the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) where he serves as an advisor and researcher on environmental guidelines for the care of collections, and display and storage products. Jean was President of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) from 1995 to 1997; he acted as lead author on guidelines for pollutant concentrations for Museums, Libraries and Archives of the 2003 ASHRAE Application Handbook and in the same years he has published at CCI Airborne Pollutants in Museums, Galleries and Archives: Risk Assessment, Control Strategies and Preservation Management. Now he is more involved in the issue of risk assessment and he is co-editor of an important CCI publication entitled Manual of the Collection Preservation Management that should be released in 2009. Jean also gives workshop on environmental standards/guidelines.

Jean Tétreault studied at the University of Montreal, where he received a Masters Degree in Science (analytical chemistry). In 1989, he joined the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI), where he is currently working as an adviser and researcher on environmental condition directives, pollutants, exhibit and storage products and strategy on the preservation assessment of collections. Mr. Tétreault was the President of the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property from 1995 to 1997 and the principal author of directives on pollutant concentrations in museums and archives included in the "Museums, Libraries, and Archives" chapter of the 2003 ASHRAE Application Handbook. He has also presented numerous papers in Canada and Europe on exhibit and storage products. He is currently the acting manager of the Preventive Conservation Services Division of the CCI.

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