The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the Winterthur Museum present:

Exotic Surfaces: Chinese Export Lacquer Workshop

October 30, 2015
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Winterthur, DE


This symposium and workshop are designed to explore the history, fabrication, preservation, analysis and conservation treatment of Chinese export lacquer on a wooden substrate. The first day symposium (taking place October 29, 2015) is designed for curators, conservators and those with a significant interest in the subject where lectures and study sessions will present new research on the history, characterization, deterioration and analysis of Chinese lacquer wares made for the export market.  The second day workshop is designed for conservators involved with the treatment of Asian lacquer ware and will cover current analytical techniques, consolidation, fills, cleaning, inpainting, and case studies with conservators specializing in lacquer conservation.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants. Currently the workshop is full. See below for information about submitting an application should space become available. Registration includes lunch.


Symposium plus Workshop – October 29 & 30
Early Symposium plus Workshop Registration (by September 1, 2015): $230
Regular Symposium plus Workshop Registration (after September 1, 2015): $270

Limited to 20 participants who are practicing conservators.  Participants will be selected based on experience, demonstrated need/relevance, geographic reach, and opportunity to disseminate information gained.  The number of participants from a single institution may be limited.  Preference will be given to AIC Professional Associate and Fellow members. Applications are due May 5, 2015 with later application considered if space is available.

The workshop is now full. To inquire about the wait list, please contact To apply for a space in the workshop, please fill out the workshop application form (below), and email the form along with a copy of your resume or CV and statement of interest addressing the acceptance criteria to
FAIC's workshop and conference registration policies can be found here.

Travel Information
You may download a listing of accommodations compiled for the convenience of out-of-town visitors, but please note that AIC/FAIC/Winterthur in no way endorses these businesses.

This event is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Additional funding comes from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works Endowment for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation and its friends. Courses are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

Contact: Abigail Choudhury
FAIC Development and Education Coordinator
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005

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