Featured Projects

Proposed and Active Research Projects

  • Develop a rapid sample preparation technique for binder analysis of matte paints by FTIR
  • Characterize modern design materials and suggest appropriate treatment, registration, and storage protocols
  • Study the composition and ethno-botanical origins of resins and dyes in African art
  • Identify the composition of ephemeral homemade inks used by Chicago Arts & Crafts printmaker Gustave Baumann
  • Develop non-invasive methods for identification of historic and modern dyes in textiles, prints, costume, and design
  • Measure electrostatic properties of “plastic” paints and understand the role of static charge in dust accumulation on artwork
  • Determine preservation conditions and suggest treatment strategies for laminated metallic fibers used in modern and historic costume
  • Develop rapid methods for assessing the suitability of materials to be used in the storage, display, or transportation of artwork

Read more about current projects in the Conservation Science department on the IMA Blog.