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    JOBS Track jobs as they are posted. Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, Philadelphia Museum of Art The Conservator of Works of Art on Paper will perform conservation examinations and treatments on the museum’s collection of art on paper which spans the history of art from the fifteenth century illuminated manuscripts through Contemporary works in all mediums. The museum has major holdings in American, European, South Asian, and East Asian works including prints, drawings, photographs, illuminated manuscripts, artist illustrated books, as well as Asian scrolls and screens. Explore Conservation Scientist, Philadelphia Museum of Art The Scientist conducts scientific research and analysis to inform the preservation and scholarly interpretation of the museum’s collections. As a member of the museum’s scientific staff, they help facilitate the development of the Scientific Research Department, and its staff. They contribute to long-range planning for department and Conservation Division. They participate in related activities to enable the museum to fulfill its mission and maintain the highest standards of scholarship and professional practice. Explore Back to Categories

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    FELLOWSHIPS Advance your research skills - and jump start your career! Fellowships at the Smithsonian Smithsonian fellowships are offered to individuals who design and develop proposals to conduct independent research in fields pursued by and of interest to the Institution. Fellowships differ from internships, which are prearranged supervised learning experiences which take place in a specific timeframe. View more National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. View more Kress Fellowships Competitive fellowships supported by the Kress Foundation are awarded to art historians and art conservators in the final stages of their preparation for professional careers, as well as to students of art history and related fields who are interested in art museum education and curation. View more The Met Fellowship Program Join a community of scholars in the fields of art history, archaeology, museum education, conservation, and related sciences, as well as scholars in other disciplines, whose dynamic and interdisciplinary projects require close study of objects in The Met collection. View more Back to Categories

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    EVENTS Expand you network and have some fun! Back to Categories “Non-invasive” techniques: X-ray tomography of Congolese Wooden objects Sofie Dierickx, Research Assistant at Royal Museum for Central Africa March 16th, 2023 11AM EST/3PM GMT In an effort to research the wealth of tropical wood species present in the Congolese art collection, the conservation team of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium set up the TOCOWO project (Tomography of Congolese Wooden Objects). In collaboration with the University of Ghent, X-ray micro-computer tomography could be used on the objects to obtain wood identifications non-destructively. Over the past two years, over a hundred objects have been scanned at very high resolutions. These scans provide an unprecedented insight into the objects in our care, helping us better understand their material and history. On the other hand, this unrestricted insight into every inch of the objects demands we ask ourselves whether possible privileged or sacred knowledge, kept hidden by the objects all these years, is really ours to uncover. In this short talk, both the possibilities and challenges of scanning African heritage objects will be illustrated by the uniquely large dataset of their 3D renderings. Explore 71st ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics Pre-announcing an evening workshop on cultural heritage and mass spectrometry! Co-organized by Asher Newsome of the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute and Paul Haynes of Macquarie University. The annual ASMS meeting is the top technical conference on mass spectrometry and related topics, and though it has featured occasional oral sessions and workshops dedicated to cultural heritage applications (the most recent in 2020) we hope to build a regular presence there for cultural heritage research. Abstracts are due February 3, but workshops will not be announced until at least one month afterward. Our workshop is expected to host lightning talks from poster abstracts (particularly those of students and fellows) – meaning that those who are not accepted to one of the highly competitive oral slots at ASMS have another opportunity to give an oral presentation. We also need PIs from the field to sit on an expert panel. Our preliminary description of the workshop is below: The study of artworks, archaeological specimens, and other cultural heritage objects by mass spectrometry requires the adaptation of techniques developed for biomedicine, industrial and natural product research, forensics, etc. to diverse fields such as anthropology, archaeology, biology, natural history, art history, paleontology, and more. This workshop will feature lightning talks selected from ASMS poster abstracts – students and fellows are encouraged to volunteer in advance by contacting the organizers. Lightning talks will be followed by audience Q&A with a panel of academic, government, and private institution scientists to discuss areas of interest in the field. Science and science-adjacent topics may include: ethics and permissions involved in analyzing culturally sensitive samples; the risk of damage to objects as a result of analysis; sample-limited preparation and recovery approaches for rare and precious analytes; considerations for historical and contemporary sample contamination; the significance of preservation and prediction of material degradation; discerning the importance of chemicals identified from an analyte removed from context; employment, funding, and fellowship opportunities; and many more. Explore Characterization of an unusual coating on Egyptian funerary portraits Dan Kirby, Conservation Scientist, MFA, Boston and Private Practice January 19th, 2023 11AM EST/4PM GMT An unusual, never before seen coating on 1st – 3rd CE Romano-Egyptian funerary portraits has been characterized by Peptide Mass Fingerprinting and Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry, as well as other techniques. Radiocarbon dating of the coating from two of the portraits indicated that the coating is approximately 2,000 years old--it is not a modern conservation intervention! Most interesting, however, is not discovering what the coating is, but trying to discover why it is there. This talk will briefly introduce the materials and practices of funerary portraits, summarize the examination and analytical characterization of this unusual coating, and offer speculation as to its original purpose. Explore Archaeological Perspectives on Worked Animal Materials in the Greek World Adam DiBattista, PhD, Archeology Hirsch Fellow at American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece December 17th, 2022 11AM EST/4PM GMT Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Adam DiBattista, Hirsch Fellow at American School of Classical Studies. Adam is an archaeologist researching the creation and use of objects made from animal materials (e.g., bone, antler, ivory) in the Iron Age Mediterranean. His presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. A recording of this talk is available exclusively for ABM members, which can be accessed via Slack. Explore Validating a Novel Lipid Extraction Method for Historic Parchments Sam Johns, Doctoral Student at University of Bristol November 17th, 2022 11AM EST/4PM GMT Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Sam Johns, Doctoral Student at University of Bristol. Sam’s presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. For more information, click “Explore” below to view his abstract. Explore Minimally invasive analysis, what can it tell us? The application of proteomics to ivory Catherine Gilbert, Doctoral Student at Université de Bordeaux October 20th, 2022 11AM EST/3PM GMT Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Catherine Gilbert, Doctoral Student at Université de Bordeaux. Catherine’s presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. For more information, click “Explore” below to view her abstract. Explore

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    WORKSHOPS + COURSES Keep current on the latest research and techniques! Conservation Science Tutorials, AIC & FAIC With the support of the Getty Foundation, FAIC has created a series of self-paced modules that review key science principles in conservation. Explore Tenth MaSC Workshop and Meeting The 10th Workshop and Meeting of the Users’ Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC) will take place in Bordeaux, France, from Monday 26th – Friday 30th September 2022. The three-day workshop will provide a unique opportunity for participants to experience multidisciplinary training in advanced mass spectrometry techniques applied to protein characterization in artistic, archaeological and paleontological objects. Explore Back to Categories

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    MENTORSHIP Need guidance or willing to share your expertise? Find a mentor or be one! Back to Categories Coming Soon

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    INTERNSHIPS Apply what you have learned! Graduate Internships, J. Paul Getty Trust 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. Details Canadian Conservation Institute internship programs The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) offers paid postgraduate internships and curriculum internships that provide learning opportunities for the conservation community in Canada and abroad. Details Internships at the Smithsonian Explore a list of all the current internship opportunities at the Smithsonian. Details Internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 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. Details Back to Categories

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    STUDENTSHIPS Support the costs of your education. Back to Categories Coming Soon PhD Studentships at University of Antwerp University of Antwerp has two PhD positions vacant for FWO funded SAFESILK project: one in Conservation-Restoration and one in Applied Sciences (chemistry, physics or heritage science). The doctoral candidate will work on the understanding, prevention and treatment of historical, degrading silk textiles. Explore Studentships at V&A The V&A awards up to three new studentships a year to support doctoral study at UK Universities, funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme. Explore

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    FUNDING Search for grants, awards, and other funding opportunities. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Details Institute of Museum and Library Services Details National Endowment for the Humanities Details National Science Foundation Details The Richard Lounsbery Foundation Details Back to Categories

  • MEETINGS | Art Bio Matters

    MEETINGS 2023 | On Site Event 2021 | Virtual Conference 2018 | On Site Event 2018 ABM 2023 MEETING JULY 19-21, 2023 Hosted by the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art ​ ABM 2023 aims to bring together a balanced community of experts fo r a dynamic forum for exchange. The goal of the ABM 2023 meeting is to nurture and grow the community that was established in previous meetings and through recent virtual programming. Key to the meeting is the development of an updated website, which will serve as a communication hub to identify connections between advanced scientific approaches (e.g., genomic, mass-spectrometry, antibody-based, and other techniques) and open research questions, thereby fostering focused and mutually beneficial collaborations, as well as providing educational resources. ​ The conference will include team presentations (featuring collaborations of scientists with colleagues in other disciplines) as well as lightning-round poster presentations. All participants interested in presenting or attending must apply; an application form will become available in late February 2023. ​ More information coming soon! SPONSORS A special thanks to the RLF for their support of Art Bio Matters.

  • COMMUNITY | Art Bio Matters

    COMMUNITY Projects Publications Ethics Members Provenance determination of archaeological ochre by 16S rRNA sequencing microbial composition Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff [1], Claire E. Lenehan [2], Shanan S. Tobe [3] [1] School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia [2] College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia [3] College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia Explore Non-proximate Ambient Mass Spectrometry Sampling of Large, Intact Cultural Heritage Objects G. Asher Newsome [1], Kathleen Martin [2] [1] Smithsonian Institution Museum Conservation Institute, 4210 Silver Hill Rd., Suitland MD [2] Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, 4220 Silver Hill Rd, Hillcrest Heights, MD 20746 Explore Decolonizing Crocodylian Collections: Developing a model system for bridging indigenous and Eurocentric perspectives on culturally and economically important species in museum holdings Evon Hekkala Fordham University American Museum of Natural History Explore Human bone points from Mesolithic Doggerland Joannes Dekker [1]; Virginie Sinet-Mathiot [2]; Merel Spithoven [3]; Bjorn Smit [4]; Arndt Wilcke [5]; Frido Welker [6,2]; Alexander Verpoorte [1]; and Marie Soressi [1,2] [1] Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands [2] Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany [3] Institute of Archaeology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands [4] Cultural Heritage Agency, Amersfoort, the Netherlands [5] Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, IZI Fraunhofer, Leipzig, Germany [6] Section for Evolutionary Genomics, GLOBE Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Explore Overlooked Organics in Decorative Arts: Cataloguing Winterthur’s Hard Matrices and Collagen-Based Organics Rosie Grayburn, Lara Kaplan, Katie Lagarde, Catherine Matsen, and Ann Wagner Winterthur Museum Explore Beasts to Craft: Biocodicology as a new approach to the study of parchment manuscripts ​ ​ Explore PROJECTS Explore glossaries and literature databases related to art, cultural history, scientific analysis, and art conservation. If you have a project to post, please email .

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