UV Workshop: Examination and Documentation with Ultraviolet Radiation

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and
Artistic Works presents:

UV Workshop: Examination and Documentation with Ultraviolet Radiation

August 11-15, 2014
(Monday, 1:30 p.m. to Friday, 12:20 p.m.)
(optional tour at 11:30 a.m. Monday)
Buffalo, New York
Art Conservation Department, SUNY Buffalo State
Instructors:  Jiuan Jiuan Chen and Dan Kushel

Registration Fee
(until June 20):  $600 AIC members; $785 non-members
After June 20:  $650 AIC members; $850 non-members
(includes refreshment breaks and lunches)
Limit 12 participants.  

Registration:  Unfortunately, the workshop is now full. Contact courses@conservation-us.org for more information or to request a spot on the wait list.
This workshop is designed for conservation professionals who have a basic understanding of digital photography and conservation treatment/research experiences in materials and artifacts. FAIC reserves the right to limit the number of participants from a single institution.  Space is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged.  Click here to register.

About the Workshop:  Combining lectures, demonstrations, and applied practice, this workshop will provide comprehensive coverage of the use of ultraviolet radiation in conservation examination and documentation. Topics will include: ultraviolet sources and applications, available tools and equipment, safety issues; examination approaches, digital image capture techniques for ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence photography, reflected ultraviolet photography, and false-color ultraviolet imaging; digital image workflow; and interpretation of results.

About UV Examination:  Ultraviolet examination and its accompanying photographic documentation has been a basic tool of modern conservation since the early part of the last century. Its use in recent years, however, has been greatly facilitated by the profession’s transition to digital documentation which has dramatically simplified and improved ultraviolet photography for the recording of both ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence and ultraviolet reflectance. It has also resulted in the development of new techniques, such as false-color ultraviolet imaging, that can provide additional tools for the characterization and differentiation of materials and the documentation of condition.

Effective use of these new ultraviolet techniques requires a consistent image capture and processing workflow. Without such procedures, efficiency will suffer, and more critically, results can be misleading or confusing. This workshop will help conservation professionals to establish a standard and repeatable ultraviolet examination and documentation workflow that can produce meaningful images upon which sound conclusions can be drawn.

In addition to these photographic and imaging techniques, the workshop will cover the types of ultraviolet sources available and their proper use so that ultraviolet examination and documentation can be used as a regular examination tool without compromising the safety of the artifacts and the operators. The workshop will also focus on observation and interpretation of the response to ultraviolet radiation of a wide variety of conservation materials.

What You Will Learn:
  1. The fundamentals of ultraviolet radiation, its applications in conservation, and safety issues for both conservator and artifact.
  2. The application of ultraviolet to the examination and analysis of conservation materials and its limitations.
  3. The knowledge required to choose appropriate tools and equipment for ultraviolet photography.
  4. Techniques of ultraviolet photography with digital cameras through practical class experience.
  5. The skills needed to assess observations and photographic documentation critically.

General Outline of Course
1. Introduction (lectures and demonstration)
a) What is ultraviolet radiation
b) Basic responses of materials to ultraviolet radiation
c) Different ultraviolet sources and their proper use
d) Safety issues and examination environment
2. The application of ultraviolet to the examination of conservation materials (lectures
and demonstration)
a) Case studies
b) Current research
3. Tools and Equipment (lectures and demonstration)
a) Ultraviolet sources
b) Capturing devices
c) Filtration
d) Reference/targets
e) Necessary accessories
4. Ultraviolet photography with digital cameras (lectures and hands-on practice)
a) Creating a workflow
b) Placement of ultraviolet sources for photography
c) Camera setup
d) Image capture
e) Image processing
5. Assess Results:
a) Presentation of results
b) Group discussion

Dan Kushel served on the faculty of the Art Conservation Department of SUNY Buffalo State, retiring in 2012. Beginning in 1978 he taught technical examination and documentation and developed the unique two-year conservation documentation curriculum that has been offered by the department since 1993. Examination and Documentation with ultraviolet radiation is one of major subjects of this unique curriculum.

A first recipient of the American Institute for Conservation Caroline and Sheldon Keck Award for conservation education (1994), he was appointed a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1998. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Research and Scholarship in 2005, and the American Institute for Conservation Robert L. Feller Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Professor Kushel has published and lectured widely on technical examination and documentation of cultural artifacts and is a co-author of the AIC Guide to Digital Photography and Conservation Documentation.

Jiuan Jiuan Chen joined the faculty at the Art Conservation Department of SUNY Buffalo State to continue Professor Kushel’s curriculum in Technical Examination and Documentation in the fall semester 2012. She is a graduate of Class 2001 from the same program.

Professor Chen’s strong interest in using ultraviolet as a tool for conservation materials started from her senior research project on the use of different photographic techniques to characterize photographic materials that she undertook during her graduate studies under the mentorship of Dan Kushel and Irene Brückle.

From 2003 to 2007, she served as the Assistant Director for Conservation Education for the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation (ARP) at George Eastman House in Rochester NY. There, she helped to enhance the facility and program for photodocumentation, including ultraviolet techniques. She was the co-adviser with Dan Kushel to Claire Tragni on her ARP research project, “The Use of Ultraviolet-Induced Visible Fluorescence for Examination of Photographs,” completed in 2005.
While working at Paul Messier LLC as a photograph conservator from 2007 to 2012, she was involved in the research and development of a reference target for ultraviolet induced fluorescence photography for which she and Mr. Messier co-hold a US patent (Fluorescent Color Calibrator for Calibrating RGB Pixel Values). 

Travel Information:
There are two nearby hotels which you may consider using for this event, but please note that AIC/FAIC in no way endorses these businesses.
Both have rates around $100-125 during the time of this event.

This program is supported by funding 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.

Without this support, the registration fees would be approximately $900.

Contact: Abigail Choudhury
FAIC Development and Education Coordinator

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