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  • ABM EVENTS | Art Bio Matters

    COMMUNITY Projects Publications Member Events Members MEMBER EVENTS Member events are specially organized by Art Bio Matters member and volunteers. They are intended to strengthen connections between members and help them find new colleagues to discuss research questions and concerns. Depending on the format, members will present current research projects, share open questions, and lead exchanges of information where the main goal is to improve the ways in which we understand biological materials in material heritage culture. ​ The following are members-only events. Registration links will be sent directly to ABM members through Slack and Email. SEMINAR SERIES Join us for monthly informal presentations on topics in biological material studies integrating science with conservation, history, culture, and/or other human sciences. Seminars take place every third Thursday and feature a 20-minute presentation by the speaker(s), followed by lively discussion with ABM community members. This platform allows you to share your area of interest, ongoing project, or seek collaboration outside your field. Submissions are reviewed continuously. Can't attend live? Recordings are available for one month to ABM members. Reimagining Materiality: Artistic Interventions and Sustainable Innovations in algae-based polymers To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Jessica French In this seminar, French delves into her pioneering work with algae-based polymers, a cornerstone of her artistic practice. Through 'Other Matter', her experimental design studio, French champions sustainability with innovative outcomes for algae-based bioplastics, impacting beyond the cultural sector. The talk will offer an overview of her artistic journey, showcasing how traditional techniques are transformed by groundbreaking sustainable materials, including her innovative non-petrochemical decal signage—Other Matter Decals™... Friday, May 17, 2024 6:30pm ET Learn more ROUND TABLE Q&A round tables offer a unique opportunity to tap into the expertise within our diverse community. A small group of ABM members will each share current or on-going questions related to the biological materials of an object(s) in a brief (5-minute) description or presentation. This is followed by dynamic discussions with attendees, fostering knowledge exchange, brain storming, and opportunities for collaboration. ABM March 2024 Round Table To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Thainá Vígio Pamela Hatchfield Michael Galardi Thainá Vígio is seeking other fungicide methods other than freezing and anoxia treatment for 19th c. silk textiles. Pamela Hatchfield will discuss an outdoor Chinese sandstone sculpture compromised by a myriad of microbiological growth, and how to evaluate the risk of further damage from these species. Micheal Galardi (on behalf of Celeste Mahoney) will discuss light spots uncovered on a Huastec sandstone relief and wonders about the possibility of biological growth as a factor. Thursday, March 21, 2024 11:00 am ET ABM MEMBER CONVERSATIONS These informal conversations will explore the cross-disciplinary collaboration and research opportunities that define ABM. They aim to enhance our understanding of the diverse roles held by ABM members, spur collaborations, try out ideas, and explore new areas of study. Each conversation features two members, each from a different specialty (e.g., a curator and a scientist), who have not collaborated but have overlapping but not identical research interests. They will engage in a conversation based on three questions for each other, followed by audience discussion and questions. ABM Member Conversations - June 2024 To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Ruth Ann Armitage & Laurence Douny In this inaugural conversation event, Ruth Ann and Laurence will exchange thoughts from different field perspectives (chemistry and anthropology) on the scientific analysis of wild silks. Friday, June 28th, 2024 11:00 am ET OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE ABM members get to participate in a variety of ways. Don't miss your chance to network! Why join the Art Bio Matters community? Members of the ABM community enjoy many benefits, regardless of their area of interest. Our website and Slack workspace have something for everyone: Communicate through the ABM Slack workspace Connect with colleagues, discuss research questions, and network in the ABM Slack community. Visit our Join the Community tab for more information. Join the Community Participate in an ABM meeting ABM has biennial conferences sharing ongoing research through a dynamic forum of exchange. Visit the ABM Meetings tab for more information. ABM Meetings Build the ABM website We need you to develop new content for the ABM website. Please email or message in Slack if you are interested to do any of the following: Share a project Provide a link to your publications, projects, or Opportunities to share with potential partners. Educate and reach out Provide a link to a case study or video that applies to our Materials, Instrumentation, Ethics, and Sampling pages. Anchor 1 Why join the Art Bio Matters community? ​ Members of the ABM community enjoy many benefits, regardless of their area of interest. Our website and Slack workspace have something for everyone: Access ABM 2018, 2021, and 2023 conference recordings and background materials. Join us and become a part of the ABM c ommunity


    OPPORTUNITIES Events Events Fellowships Fellowships Funding Funding Internships Internships Jobs Jobs Studentships Studentships Mentorship Mentorship Workshops + Courses Workshops + Courses INTERNSHIPS Apply what you have learned! There are no current active opportunities to show today! If you have something you'd like to share, please send it to so we can upload it. Icon Internship in Hogarth Stair and Great Hall Conservation in St Bartholomew’s Hospital Deadline Jun 23, 2024 6:00 PM This work-based placement will include participation in all aspects of the day-to-day activities of the project to conserve the scheme of oil paint on canvas paintings in the Hogarth Stair, and the multi-media array of ceiling and wall decoration within the Great Hall. Explore Getty Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships Deadline ​ The Getty Post-Baccalaureate Conservation Internships aim to diversify the conservation field by increasing the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds enrolled in graduate degree programs related to museum conservation. Explore Conservation Internship for Diversity Deadline ​ Created and led by the National Gallery of Canada, in collaboration with the Art Conservation program at Queen’s University and the Canadian Conservation Institute, the NGC Conservation Internship Program for Diversity aims to increase the representation of professionals from diverse communities. Dedicated to Indigenous and Black students, and students from other cultural communities from across Canada, the program is designed to provide the best possible start for students pursuing a career in conservation, enabling them to develop a network with professionals in the field who have experience they can draw upon throughout their studies and career. This initiative allows four students to benefit from the program before they go on to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, to formally study art conservation as part of the Master’s program. This is the only training in Conservation in Canada at this level. Each intern will be provided with a $25,000 bursary. Interns have the opportunity to become familiar with some of the complexities of conservation and restoration work, including research, technical examination, and the historic and ethical dimensions of interaction with art and artefacts. Over the course of three to five months, they are paired with various experts from the Gallery’s Restoration and Conservation Laboratory, and follow them in their daily work as observers. They are also introduced to Conservation Science and broader Heritage preservation issues at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa. Explore Conservation Internship for Broadening Access (CIBA) Deadline Mar 14, 2025 12:00 PM Focused on students from communities currently underrepresented in the museum conservation field, the Conservation Internship for Broadening Access (CIBA) offers opportunities for current or recent undergraduates to learn about museum conservation. During a 10-week summer program, CIBA interns are placed with mentors in a variety of conservation labs throughout the Smithsonian. The program supports interns by offering a stipend and paid housing during the internship. A relocation travel allowance may also be included as part of the internship award. This opportunity is closed for 2024, but is likely to reopen with a March 2025 deadline. Explore Latino Museum Studies Program Undergraduate Internship Deadline Nov 1, 2024 12:00 AM The Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) Undergraduate Internship is a museum career pathway program designed to increase hands-on training opportunities for Latina, Latino, and Latinx-identifying undergraduate students interested in art museum careers. The program focuses in non-curatorial museum roles including the areas of conservation, museum education, interpretation, digital culture, collections management, and exhibition design, fabrication and production. This opportunity is likely to open again in August 2024. Explore Mellon Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Summer Undergraduate Internships Deadline Feb 1, 2025 12:00 AM These 8-week paid summer internships provide opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research, to explore career possibilities in archives and special collections, and to learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. This opportunity is closed for 2024, but will reopen annually. Explore Graduate Internships, J. Paul Getty Trust Deadline ​ Getty Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation—and in Getty Publications and Getty Digital, to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in the visual arts. Explore Canadian Conservation Institute internship programs Deadline ​ The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) offers paid postgraduate internships and curriculum internships that provide learning opportunities for the conservation community in Canada and abroad. Explore Internships at the Smithsonian Deadline ​ Explore a list of all the current internship opportunities at the Smithsonian. Explore Internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Deadline ​ The Museum offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums, as well as New York City–area high school students. Explore

  • Timothy Cleland

    Timothy Cleland Physical Scientist Smithsonian Institution Previous Next Washington, DC, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Speaker 2018 Dr. Cleland received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from North Carolina State University in 2012 where he developed paleoproteomic methods and applied them to variety of species. He applies mass spectrometry-based methods to detect proteins and characterize protein preservation from a variety of materials. High Resolution Mass Spectrometry to Characterize the Composition of Art Pieces Read Abstract ​ All members

  • Evon Hekkala

    Evon Hekkala Assistant Professor Biological Sciences Fordham University Previous Next New York, NY, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2018, Poster Presenter 2021 Evon Hekkala uses ancient and archival genomic methods to identify biological materials and to track their use and meaning at various points in history. Most recently, she is working with natural history collections to uplift Indigenous taxonomies and knowledge systems. Her current research is primarily focused on analyzing genomic data from archival and ancient biomaterials in combination with historical documentary resources to better understand species specific responses to anthropogenically and naturally induced environmental change. She works with communities to explore both formal and colloquial natural histories to decolonize our understanding of sources and meaning of the cultural heritage and natural history objects in museums. Decolonizing Crocodylian Collections: Developing a model system for bridging Historical Indigenous and Eurocentric interpretations of culturally and economically important species in museum holdings Read Abstract ​ All members

  • Lauren Clark

    Lauren Clark Research Assistant American Museum of Natural History Previous Next New York, NY, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2023 Lauren Clark is the manager of the ancient biomolecules lab at the American Museum of Natural History. In this role, she supports researchers interested in paleogenomic and paleoproteomic techniques while maintaining a clean environment within the lab to limit contamination from human and bacterial sources. Lauren has broadly used genetic methods to determine the identification of archaeological and museological materials ranging from archaeological ungulates of the Rockies to cochineal beetles collected in the early 1900’s. ​ ​ All members

  • Yueh-Ting Chiu

    Yueh-Ting Chiu MuSE Intern, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Graduate Student, Biomaterials and Interface Tissue Engineering Laboratory Department of Biomedical Engineering Columbia University Previous Next New York, NY, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Poster Presenter 2021 As a MuSe summer intern at the metropolitan museum of art, Yueh-Ting Chiu is currently working alongside with the department of scientific research on characterization of different emulsion tanning methods involving animal organs. In a collaboration with Columbia University, her responsibilities involves analysis of the mechanical properties and surface analysis of the material. They will also be looking in the proteomics and lipidomic fingerprints left behind from the different emulsion techniques. How It's Made: Emulsion (Organ) Tanned Leathers Read Abstract ​ All members

  • Juliet Graver Istrabadi

    Juliet Graver Istrabadi Curator of Ancient Art Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University Previous Next Bloomington, IN, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2023 Juliet Graver Istrabadi is the Curator of Ancient Art at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana (from 2009). She oversees a collection of 10,000 art objects that chronologically span a period from 10,000 BCE-1000 CE and geographically include the regions around the Mediterranean and the Near East/Middle East (areas in Africa, Asia, and Europe). Her research interests are broad, but a major area of focus is ancient jewelry. ​ ​ All members

  • Lacquer

    Composition Conservation Historical Use Case Studies Lacquer Lacquer is a hard coating applied to an object, often for decorative purposes. The materials and techniques of producing lacquer differ greatly by region. Previous Next Back to Materials Coming Soon We need you to develop new content for the ABM website. Please email or message in Slack if you are interested in building the ABM website.

  • Fran Ritchie

    Fran Ritchie Conservator Harper's Ferry Center National Park Service Previous Next Harpers Ferry, WV 25425, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2021 Fran Ritchie is a conservator of objects at the Harpers Ferry Center of the National Park Service, a center that supports the preservation and conservation of park collections across all units. With a background working on organic materials in museums, Fran enjoys immersing herself in the natural world – while learning about and treating “dead stuff,” as well as observing living ecosystems. ​ ​ All members

  • Oi Yan Michelle Chan

    Oi Yan Michelle Chan Conservation Research Assistant M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong Previous Next ​ MEMBER INFORMATION Team Presenter 2023 ​ A multimodal approach to the study of human-derived materials in contemporary artwork Co-authored with Lynn Lee, Alessandra Guarascio and Marc Walton. Read Abstract ​ All members

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