In November, the WCG held their meeting at the Walters Art Museum where the Walter’s Painting Conservation Staff –Eric Gordon, Head of the Department, Karen French, Senior Conservator, and Pamela Betts, Associate Conservator –presented their on-going treatment of three Italian wall panels or spalliere.
Christina St. Germain gave the first talk in ring 3, which was entitled: An Investigation into the Historic Painted Finishes of the Senate Reception Room (S-213), U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC: The Ceiling, Enframements, and North Lunette.
For its February meeting, WCG hosted a debate: Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Which pop-culture franchise is the most worthy of preservation? Speakers included Ariel O’Connor, National Air and Space Museum Conservator; Beth Richwine, National Museum of American History Senior Objects Conservator; Mary Coughlin, George Washington University Assistant Professor and Director of the Distance Education Program; and Curtis Bateman, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Museum Curator.
The Washington Conservation Guild December Meeting and Holiday Party was held at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in SE Washington, DC. The speaker for the evening was Corine Wegner, the Smithsonian Institution’s Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer.
In her talk, titled Finding Their Place: The History and Conservation of Plaster, Diane Fullick, an objects conservator in private practice, presented on her on-going conservation treatment of plaster casts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
April Meeting Summary—The Experimental Sound Recordings of Alexander Graham Bell and the Volta Laboratory
Dawn Wallace, a graduate conservation intern from SUNY- Buffalo State, presented work she has undertaken at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) for the exhibition “Hear My Voice: Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound” which opened January 2015.
April Meeting Summary—A Journey Through the Carter Library: Conserving Publisher’s Bindings at The University of Virginia Library
Quinn Ferris is a graduate student at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and is completing her fourth year internship at the University of Virginia. On April 2 she presented one of her on-going treatments as an example of collections stewardship at UVA and libraries and archives preservation.
On January 8, 2015, as part of the Theory and Practice Ring, Sharon Norquest, Conservator, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution; Amelia Kile, Museum Specialist, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution; and David Peters, Industrial Hygienist, Office of Safety Health and Environment Management, Smithsonian Institution, gave a talk.
Conservator Sharon Norquest and Amelia Kile of the National Air and Space Museum recently underwent a yearlong project in the preparation of radioactive objects for display.
Dylan Smith, Robert H. Smith Research Conservator, National Gallery of Art, spoke as part of the Theory and Practice Ring at the “WCG’s 3-Ring Circus.” For conservators and conservation scientists, one of the most challenging aspects of quantitative x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF) analysis is reliable calibration to ensure repeatability and permit data comparison across institutions using the same instrument.