Hinging and Matting of Oversized Works


The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
presents a one-day workshop
May 11, 2010

Instructor:  Hugh Phibbs
At the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Milwaukee
Tuesday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Course Fee: $129
Enrollment Limit: 30
Registration Deadline: May 11, 2010 (or until workshop is filled)

Workshop Description
Proper hinging and matting is essential to preserving most works on paper. However, museums today depend heavily on oversize works on paper to keep their galleries filled though these items pose significant storage and display challenges. Oversize works can be damaged by buckling and even tears if not supported properly during exhibition, storage, or study by researchers.

This workshop combines lectures and hands-on demonstration and practice to cover current principles and practice of hinging and matting large works on paper, the mechanical and adhesive principles underlying successful hinging, and innovative materials and techniques for handling the challenges of large works. Light weight support boards and robust hinging materials have been combined with oversize frame and in-wall cases to safely display paper items as long as 100 feet and as large as 8 by 22 feet. These materials and methods will be demonstrated and detailed in this presentation. The technique can also be used to create safe storage housings that can operate in diverse settings.

About the Instructor
Hugh Phibbs is Coordinator of Preservation Services at the National Gallery of Art. In his twenty plus years there, the Gallery's staff has confronted such varied problems as display of a photograph that was 100' long, a Renaissance drawing that was 11' square, paintings and works on paper that had to be sealed in waterproof packaging, in addition to the usual matting and framing of works of art. He earned a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

He has presented workshops for CCL in Arles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, the British Library, ICCROM, the American Institute for Conservation, the conservation programs at SUNY Buffalo, Winterthur, and NYU, the Professional Picture Framers Association/PMA, and the Smithsonian Resident Associate's Program.

He has written articles for the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, The AIC Book and Paper Group Annual, and Picture Framing Magazine, including the monthly "Preservation Practices" column and a number of preservation supplements. He has served on the board of directors of the Washington Conservation Guild and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. He is recipient of the University Products Lifetime Achievement Preservation Award and The Innovation Award of the PPFA. 

This program is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Additional funding comes from the FAIC Endowment for Professional Development,
which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and by contributions from  members and friends of the
American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works.

Without this funding, the registration fee for this workshop would be
approximately $300.00