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  • Patricia Marroquin Norby

    Patricia Marroquin Norby Associate Curator of Native American Art The American Wing The Metropolitan Museum of Art Previous Next New York, NY, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Invited Speaker 2021 ​ Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépecha) oversees the American Wing’s Native American art collection. An award-winning scholar and museum leader, she previously served as Senior Executive and Assistant Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian-New York and as Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry in Chicago. Her forthcoming book, Water, Bones, and Bombs examines 20th-century American Indian art and environmental disputes in northern New Mexico. She co-edited “Aesthetic Violence: Art and Indigenous Ways of Knowing,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal (2015). She earned her PhD at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. All members

  • Emily Kaplan

    Emily Kaplan Conservator Acting Head of Conservation National Museum of the American Indian Previous Next Washington, DC, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2021 ​ Emily Kaplan has been an objects conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian since 1994; she currently serves as Acting Head of Conservation. Her research interests include materiality and provenance studies of historic and archaeological museum collections. Emily is committed to collaborative practice in conservation through partnerships with Indigenous communities and artists. She works closely with her colleagues to manage the NMAI Conservation Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship program. All members

  • Caroline Tokarski

    Caroline Tokarski Professor University of Bordeaux Researcher of the Institut Universitaire de France Head of the Proteome Platform of Bordeaux Previous Next Bordeaux, France MEMBER INFORMATION Steering Committee 2021, Speaker 2018 Chemistry and Cultural Heritage: Deciphering Natural Polymers by Bottom up and Top down Mass Spectrometry Analysis Caroline Tokarski is an analytical chemist specialized in high resolution mass spectrometry. Her research is focused on methodological developments for analysis of organic material from native or transformed biological samples. She adapted omics techniques to cultural heritage samples for accurate identification of proteins/lipids/polysaccharides, their modifications and their biological origins. Her current work is focused on organic networking and degradation mechanisms in Cultural Heritage samples. Read Abstract All members

  • Hwai-ling Yeh-Lewis

    Hwai-ling Yeh-Lewis Senior Collections Manager Asian Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art Previous Next New York, New York, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2021 ​ Hwai-ling Yeh-Lewis oversees the storage and care of over 36,000 works in the Asian Art collection. This includes all administration procedures related to acquisitions, incoming and outgoing loans, the collection database, exhibitions, and collection inventory. She also manages internal and external requests for access to the collections, and works with the collections team to facilitate gallery installations and implement the highest standards for collection care. She received her MS in education from Indiana University. All members

  • Laura Cartechini

    Laura Cartechini Research Scientist Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies (ISTM) – National Research Council (CNR) Previous Next Milan, Padova, Perugia, ITALY MEMBER INFORMATION Speaker, 2018 Immunodetection of proteins in paint media by ELISA and IFM Laura Cartechini received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Perugia in 1998. Her research activity is aimed at understanding the chemical and physical properties of art historical materials and relative degradation processes for diagnostic and conservation purposes. Read Abstract All members

  • Plant Fibers

    Composition Conservation Historical Use Case Studies Coming Soon We need you to develop new content for the ABM website. Please email info@artbiomatters.org or message in Slack if you are interested in building the ABM website. Back to Materials Plant Fibers Plant fibers such as linen and cotton are made of cellulose, a natural polysaccharide, specifically a polymer of the sugar molecule glucose, produced by plants. Previous Next

  • Ken Sutherland

    Ken Sutherland Director, Scientific Research Art Institute of Chicago Previous Next Chicago, IL, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2018 + 2021 ​ Ken Sutherland is Andrew W. Mellon Director of Scientific Research in the Department of Conservation and Science at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he oversees a team engaged in the scientific study of the museum’s collections. His own research interests concern the characterization of organic materials in works of art, using mass spectrometric and other analytical techniques, to inform an understanding of their technique, condition and appearance. All members

  • Stella Panayotova

    Stella Panayotova The Fitzwilliam Museum University of Cambridge Previous Next Cambridge, UK MEMBER INFORMATION Speaker 2018 Organics in Illuminated Manuscripts Dr. Stella Panayotova (M.A., Classics, Sofia; D.Phil., History, Oxford) is Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. She curates major exhibitions, and directs the Cambridge Illuminations and MINIAREprojects. Her research interests include illuminated manuscripts’ production and patronage, and technical analyses of artists’ materials and techniques. Read Abstract All members

  • Animal Skin | Art Bio Matters

    Animal Skin Many products can be made from animal skin, such as parchment, vellum, and leather. By treating the collagen matrix of skin with different chemical processes (i.e. lime, tanning, etc.), the properties of the skin can be modified. Back to Materials Composition Conservation Historical Use Case Studies Parchment Parchment is made from animal skin—usually calf, sheep, or goat—which has been processed to strip away blood and fat. Unlike leather, parchment is not tawed or tanned. The finished product is composed almost entirely of collagen, a long molecule that forms intertwined strands called fibrils. This collagen network makes the membrane strong and resistant to tearing. Read more We need you to develop new content for the ABM website. Please email info@artbiomatters.org or message in Slack if you are interested in building the ABM website.

  • Katarzyna Anna Vargas

    Katarzyna Anna Vargas Conservator New-York Historical Society Museum & Library Previous Next New York, NY, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Team Presenter 2021 Extracting Stories from DNA preserved by 19th century Americana Katarzyna Ann Vargas is a Conservator at the New-York Historical Society, where she cares for the collection’s paper based materials, including printed books, manuscripts, and ephemera. She has particular interest in preventive conservation strategies, historic conservation practices, and conservation ethics. Prior to joining the N-YHS staff, Katarzyna trained at several New York City based conservation laboratories, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Morgan Library. She received her degree in conservation from the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State. Read Abstract All members