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This special AICCM Books & Paper SIG event is presented by esteemed colleague Michelle Sullivan, the Associate Conservator of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

The presentation will provide an introduction to the use of rigid polysaccharide gels—specifically agarose and gellan gum—in the conservation of works on paper. Following an overview of gel chemistry and preparation methods, case studies will illustrate overall and local gel treatments. This presentation will also briefly address the issue of gel residues and determining whether or not gels are the best tool for a given treatment problem. Q&A will follow.

Michelle Sullivan is Associate Conservator of Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. She holds an M.S. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and a B.A. in the Art History and Studio Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her training has included graduate internships at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Michelle’s research interests include the use of rigid polysaccharide gels to conserve works of art on paper, a topic on which she has published, lectured, and instructed workshops for the University of Delaware, Yale University Preservation Department, and the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation.

Date: Saturday 23 October 2021
Time: 10am–11.30am AEDT

FREE event
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