January 9 Three Ring Circus Meeting, S. Dillon Ripley Center

Posted on Dec 11, 2013

Reception with exhibitors:  5:30 p.m.
Presentations begin:  6:30 p.m.

The Washington Conservation Guild, in partnership with the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, presents the fourth meeting of the 2013/2014 season! Please join us Thursday, January 9, 2014 for our annual “3-Ring Circus” with three concurrent sessions, preceded by a reception and exhibitors’ showcase.

Ring 1 – Conservation in Far Flung Places Ring
Paul Jett
, Emeritus Head and Research Associate, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer and Sackler Galleries. “Assessing Collections Care at Provincial Museums in Cambodia.”

Kelly McHugh, Objects Conservator, National Museum of American Indian. “Conservation Exchanges with indigenous communities in the Americas.”

Brian Michael Lione, Director, Architectural and Site Conservation Programs, University of Delaware Programs at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage. “Capacity Building and Heritage Conservation Education in Post-War Iraq: The Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage”

Ring 2 – Analytical Ring
Kristi Davenport
, Contract Conservator at the NIH/NLM and Laura McNulty, Willman Spawn Conservation Intern at the American Philosophical Society. “Materials and enclosure testing prior to rehousing a Nobel Laureate’s research.

Mehdi Moini, Research Scientist, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution. “Mechanism of Aging in Museums’ Proteinaceous Specimens”.

Eric Breitung, E-Squared Art Conservation Science, Conservation Scientist, Washington, DC in collaboration with the Materials Science and Engineering Department of University of Maryland, College Park. “Novel, long lasting anti-corrosion coatings for silver objects.”

Ring 3 – Contemporary Ring
Agathe Riquier
, Conservator in Contemporary Art – Sculpture and Modern materials, Fellow, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution. “Concepts and Mechanisms of degradation of the Hans Haacke’s Condensation Cube. Study of the first edition displayed at the National Gallery of Canada.”

Jennifer Hickey, William R. Leisher Fellow, National Gallery of Art. “Presenting Pollock: sharing conservation philosophies and methodologies with a broader audience.”

Connie Stromberg, Owner, Stromberg Conservation, LLC, Conservation of sculpture, decorative arts and historic objects. “It was a Sticky Situation: Cleaning the privately held edition # 12/75 of the polyurethane resin relief “Chrysler Airflow” by Claes Oldenburg.”

The following exhibitors will be present during the reception

American Institute for Conservation



Holinger Metal Edge

Larson-Juhl/ Conservation by Design


Tiffin Metal Products

Tru Vue

University Products

We will also be holding a “Visit our Vendors” raffle.  Be sure to visit each of our vendors during the reception and win prizes, courtesy of the National Museum of African Art.

The S. Dillon Ripley Center is located at: 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, D.C.

Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit) on the Orange and Blue lines. Limited street parking is available.
Enter the copper domed kiosk on Jefferson Drive (on the south side of the Mall) between the “Castle” and the Freer Gallery of Art.  Take the elevator or stairs down to the third level to find the reception and meeting rooms.

This event is free to WCG members and $5 for guests and non-members