Specialized Matting Techniques for Paper Artifacts
Instructor: Christine Conniff-O’Shea
Regular Registration: $1,300
Designed as hands-on workshop, this inclusive course focuses on all facets of mounting and storing works of art on paper within a museum setting. Participants will learn a variety of techniques from the construction of simple storage enclosures to basic 4-ply mats to elegant exhibition mats. The course will conclude with a class project incorporating techniques for the mounting and framing of oversized art. All media and paper supports will be covered as well as accepted methods of attachment and framing practices. Participants are encouraged to bring 1-2 items for discussion and examination. They should not be extremely fragile or larger than 18”x24”.
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Christine Conniff-O'Shea studied drawing and printmaking at the University of New Mexico where she received her B. A. in Fine Arts. She was able to find a job in a related field as an Assistant Conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago, a position she has held for over 20 years. Chris has worked on many of the museum's major exhibitions, the most recent being "Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure" and "Windows on the West: Chicago and the Art of the New Frontier." Chris specializes in historic and period mounting and framing of works of art on paper from the 14th through the 19th century.