Queen's University Art ConservationEducation
Gilding is everywhere! Second-year art conservation students and guests got to practice this decorative technique first-hand during the annual gilding workshop. Under the joyous guidance of Sacha-Marie Levay (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal), we learned the how-to’s of water and oil gilding using silver and gold, loose and transfer leaf.
Sacha wanted to focus all of our senses into the gilding process -- how rabbit skin glue smells, how a finely sanded layer of gesso feels, how too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold. It was a sensory feast and we had a blast!
Check out the pictures of this year’s gilding workshop!
Thank you to all participants and to our wonderful workshop leader.
Check out what Victoria Kablys (MAC '17), Conservator at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, has been up to!
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Over millennia in North America, Indigenous women have sewn shell, animal teeth, bone, horn and metal onto the sleeves and bo...dy of their dresses as decoration and to “tinkle”, or “jingle” as they move. It is said that the origin of the jingle dress came in a dream around the time of World War I and it became a healing dress that is worn in Medicine dances. We are working to get this 1970s jingle dress from our collection for display in our First Nations Gallery. Word has it that it may have 365 tobacco can jingles, one for each day of the year. As we get this dress ready in the coming months, we will keep a tally but you’ll have to see the dress in the First Nations Gallery for the answer!
Congratulations to the Queen's Graduate Visual Culture Association for organizing the terrific Context and Meaning XVII Conference! The papers were diverse, challenging, and thought provoking.
Congratulations to all the presenters and a special call out to our Master of Art Conservation students for their presentations - Courtney Brooks (MAC '18) "Doomed to Decay? Bio-art Preservation and Open Display Explored Through Pilot Experimentation of Biofilm Conservation" and Paige Van Tassel (MAC '18) "Material Characterization and Provenance Study of a Lithic Collection Possibly Donated by Archibald E. Malloch at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre".
The Queen's University Art Conservation Gilding Workshop is pleased to announce that there are currently spaces available for participants from outside the department to attend our highly anticipated gilding workshop, given in the Art Conservation department by Sacha Marie Levay,
Frame Conservator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The workshop will offer an introduction frame history and restoration techniques, and provide hands-on instruction in both traditional oil and w...ater gilding, as well as a variety of finishing techniques. Materials are included in the cost of the workshop, and participants will have the opportunity to design a personalized test block which they may keep for their portfolio.
Students from the Art Conservation department are happy to welcome local artists, art historians, and others in related professions to participate in this exciting opportunity.
The workshop will be held in the evening of February 8 and during the day on February 9 and 10, 2018 in the Queen’s Art Conservation Paintings lab. Cost is $300.00 (includes materials).
Contact Courtney Books at or Julia Campbell-Such at
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for details and registration.
The Queen's Art Conservation Program partnership with the National Gallery of Canada is highlighted in this terrific article - take time to view the video links found at the bottom of the article.
Please take some time to meet our current students!
Congratulations to Victoria Kablys (MAC ’17) who presented the results of her research project at the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities (SSEA) 2017 Scholars’ Colloquium in Toronto, ON alongside her co-authors Amandina Anastassiades, Dr. Andrew Nelson (Department of Anthropology, The University of Western Ontario), and Dr. Alison Murray. Victoria’s research marks one phase of a multi-phased interdisciplinary collaborative project involving research into: the proven...ance, iconography, inscriptions, media characterization, construction methods, preservation, and virtual rendering and reconstruction of three Third Intermediate Period Egyptian coffins. One of the coffins, recently identified as a Dynasty 25 ‘white’ coffin type, was selected for a focused study aimed at developing a framework for the project. Victoria’s research was executed with the support of Queen’s University faculty, including Dr. George Bevan, Scott Williams, Dr. H.F. Shurvell, Dr. Igor Kozin, and Agatha Dobosz.
Thank you to all those who have collaborated and continue to collaborate on this fantastic project, and stay tuned to hear more from Marissa Monette (MAC ’18) who will be continuing research into the white coffin.
Also, a big thank you to the SSEA for organizing a truly terrific conference!
Last week Professor Rosaleen Hill attended the remarkable 'Gels in the Conservation of Art' conference in London and also presented a paper, 'Friable media and gellan gum: the treatment of a pastel painting by Emile Levy' in Paris at 'Le Pastel: regards Croisé sur une technique singulère' conference. The pastel paper was based on the conservation treatment and research undertaken by Rosaleen and students Emily Cloutier and Vincent Dion.
Check out what Spencer Montcalm (MAC '16) was up to last year at the National Gallery of Canada.
This past year, the Conservation Department had the opportunity to treat paintings for an exhibition opening this October: James Wilson Morrice. The A. K. Praka...sh Collection in Trust to the Nation. Here, Spencer Montcalm is working on Winter Montreal (The Pink House).
He carefully removed layers of overpaint and varnish applied in a previous restoration, which masked the painting’s true appearance. One of the final treatment stages — inpainting — consisted of using conservation grade material to reduce the appearance of old paint loss and distracting cracks throughout the paint film to unify the brushstrokes and return depth to the paint layer.
Queen’s University is celebrating Homecoming Weekend October 13 -15, 2017.
You are all invited to Art Conservation’s Homecoming Open House, Saturday October 14th, 11:00am – 3:00pm. Please come by the Agnes Etherington Art Center Extension Building, at 15 Bader Lane, to visit our science and treatment labs and see what objects our current students are working on.
More information can also be found on the Queen’s website at http://www.queensu.ca/…/2017-10…/art-conservation-open-house
Congratulations to Norman Vorano!
Wonderful news: Norman Vorano has been awarded a prestigious Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellowship! https://agnes.queensu.ca/…/queens-national-scholar-wins-pr…/
Congratulations, Norman, on receiving this exciting recognition and support for your excellent and important work!
Marissa Monette (MAC '18) has completed her three month internship with the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal in the Decorative Arts Lab with Nathalie Richard. She assisted in the installation of Jean Paul Gaultier: 'Love is Love' exhibition in May. During her time in the lab she completed treatment on a 6th century Chinese Terracotta figurine, and worked with emeritus curator John Fossey to prepare Greek fibulae for an upcoming exposition. Lastly, her largest project was working with curator Jacques Des Rochers to treat and prepare two new acquisitions to the museum, a female and male singing polychrome sculptures by Jean-Baptiste Côté for the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion.