Preservation of Metals
Instructor: Nicole Grabow
Regular Registration: $1,200
This new course will provide an introduction to the preservation of metals and is designed both for museum professionals responsible for metal artifacts, and for conservators wanting a refresher. A basic familiarity with the field and ethics of art conservation is a necessary prerequisite. Beginning with an overview of the most popular metals used in artwork fabrication and how that artwork is produced, this class will cover identification methods (without analytical equipment) and appropriate storage and display environments, as well as recognition of active corrosion and other common condition problems. Simple conservation techniques will be discussed, and there will be a variety of practical exercises including polishing silver, waxing copper alloys, and stabilizing archaeological iron.
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Nicole Grabow is an Objects Conservator with the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC), a non-profit regional center for the preservation and conservation of art and artifacts. Nicole works with three-dimensional objects, ancient and modern, of all material types and has significant experience with outdoor sculpture and historic metals. As part of her work for MACC, Nicole has taught a variety of workshops for museum professionals and Native culture keepers on a range of topics from arsenic testing and cleaning beadwork to polishing silver and caring for outdoor sculpture. Nicole holds a Master of Science degree from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and has completed post-graduate training at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute. She has published research on coatings for silver and she is a Fellow of AIC. This is her first season with the Campbell Center.