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Workshop: Art and Archival Materials

  • Equinox Studios 6555 5th Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98108 United States (map)

Level It presents Art and Archival Materials led by Geneva Griswold, Associate Objects Conservator at the Seattle Art Museum.

Join us as we dive into the world of archival materials commonly used in art handling. Learn how to select appropriate materials for a wide array of surfaces, mediums, and situations, gain hands-on experience manipulating Ethafoam, Darteck, Tyvek, Marvel Seal, Volara, glassine, and adhesives, understand how materials are assessed and tested for archival properties through Oddy and pH testing, and familiarize yourself with current best practices in the art conservation field.

This workshop is designed to educate participants in current best practices and basic conservation philosophy so you can better understand what materials to use and why when handling, packing, transporting, fabricating, and installing art.

Come with questions, comments and anecdotes on new materials and practices, as this workshop is intended to be interactive and discussion-based. We will also be providing a resources handout on where to purchase materials locally and nationally.




Link to register HERE!

A friendly reminder that Level It workshops are intended to serve our woman-identified community, a greatly under-represented voice in our field. 

If you're under 18 and would like to participate in this class, please email us before registering!

About the instructor:

Geneva Griswold is the Associate Objects Conservator at the Seattle Art Museum. She focuses on the preservation of SAM’s pre-modern collections, which includes preventive care, research, and treatment of objects in preparation for display. Geneva is Chair of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)’s Sustainability Committee, which promotes material reuse and recycling methods for conservators and allied professionals. Prior to SAM, Geneva was the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and held positions at the Walters Art Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute. Her archaeological fieldwork includes seasons at Herculaneum and Abydos, Egypt. Geneva holds MA degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art and the UCLA/Getty Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials.


Earlier Event: June 14
June Happy Hour