Tools and Techniques for UV / Visible Fluorescence Documentation

August 8-10, 2018
Duke University, Durham, NC
Instructor: Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton
Organizer: Beth Doyle


UV/visible fluorescence is a powerful, non-destructive imaging technique that can be used as a diagnostic tool and to inform conservation treatment. This workshop will provide an opportunity for conservators and conservation photographers of all specialties to learn more about the tools and techniques needed to create high quality UVA induced visible fluorescence (UV/visible) images that can be meaningfully analyzed, compared and viewed. With wider understanding and consistent execution by conservators, this technique can become increasing useful for sharing data across the field and documenting cultural heritage. 


This workshop will emphasize the overall goals and general techniques for capturing UV/visible images that can be applied to a wide variety of equipment and media. Scientific data will be used to illustrate the positive and negative aspects of materials, giving participants the knowledge to evaluate new tools and equipment. When possible, low-cost and practical options will be presented. The workshop will include lecture, demonstrations, hands-on practice with imaging techniques, and question and answer sessions. 

Participants will:

  • Gain understanding about capturing UV/visible images for use in conservation.
  • Learn about practical tools such as filters, UVA lamps, UV safety equipment, and standardization targets, to aid in the evaluation of new equipment.
  • Discuss limitations of the technique and various tools.
  • Practice workflows using DSLRs, standardization targets and various post-processing techniques.
  • Evaluate and capture images of commonly encountered UV/visible fluorescent materials including works on paper, photographs, paintings, textiles, and objects.
Equipment will be provided by the instructor and host institution. Participants are not expected to bring their own imaging equipment. Participants may bring small artifacts for imaging if desired.


The fee for this course is $399 for AIC members; $499 for non-AIC members. Limited to 12 participants.This workshop is appropriate for conservators and conservation photographers of all experience levels and specialties.

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About the Instructors

  • Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton is an independent conservator of photographs and works on paper in Colorado Springs, CO. Jennifer has been specializing in UV/visible documentation techniques and teaching about the subject since 2012. Jennifer holds MA in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College with a concentration in paper and photograph conservation, and a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Jennifer has held positions at Paul Messier LLC, Williamstown Art Conservation Center, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Menil Collection, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museums.


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Funding for this program comes from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Endowment for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by 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: Sarah Saetren
Education Coordinator