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Thursday, March 23 9:00-5:00

Student Union Kiva Room


Exposed: A Technical Art History Symposium

Exposed: A Technical Art History Symposium features scholars from across the University of Arizona campus whose research has broadened our knowledge of the cultural and artistic artifacts of humankind. Through studies of art production, materials sciences, optics, and cutting-edge dating methods, this symposium explores ways in which science and technology enhances our understanding of our cultural history and demonstrates ways in which scholars unite across disciplines in order to expand art historical perspectives.


9:00 – 9:10: Refreshments

9:10– 9:20: Introduction, Olivia Miller


Session 1:

9:25– 9:45: Nancy Odegaard- “Hidden Hazards in Museum Collections”

9:50– 10:10: Irene Bald Romano, William John Tait, Christina Bisulca, Pearce Paul Creasman, and Gregory Hodgins “Analysis of an Ancient Egyptian Game Board in the Arizona State Museum”

10:15– 10:35: Eleni Hasaki, “Spinning and Stoking:  Ancient Greek Potters and their Technologies of Control”


Break: 10:40-10:50


10:55 – 11:15: Benjamin A. Bellorado and Ronald H. Towner, “New Methods for Dating Ancestral Pueblo Building Murals and Rock Art Using Tree-Ring Dating”

11:20– 11:40: Charles Falco, “Art as Revealed by Optics, Multispectral Imaging and Raman Spectroscopy”


11:45– 12:45: LUNCH


1:00 – 2:00: Keynote Speaker– Brian Baade, University of Delaware, Kress Reconstruction Project


Session 2:

2:05– 2:25: Pam Vandiver and Catherine Klesner “Ceramic Masterpieces: Art, Structure, Technology”

2:30– 2:50: Charlotte Pearson “Beneath the Brush Strokes – How Science Can Unlock the Secrets of Paintings”

2:55– 3:15: Jae Gutierrez “Gertrude Käsebier: Process to Image”


Break: 3:15-3:25


3:30– 3:50: Greg Hodgins, “Radiocarbon Dating Ancient Books and Manuscripts”

3:55– 4:15: Marilen Pool “Archaeological Adhesives in the American Southwest”

4:20 – 4:40: Gina Watkinson “Reflectance Transformation Imaging in Conservation”


kressThis symposium is made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Kress Foundation.

March 24, 2017  1:00 pm

Join us at The Museum on March 24th at 1:00 pm for a closing reception of Connecting Generations: Art from the Elders of St. Luke’s Home.

The exhibit highlights artwork created by Elders at St. Luke’s Home during the We Love Art! Workshops facilitated by University of Arizona students from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Student Chapter.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Closings are always FREE for Museum members, students, UA faculty and staff, and those with a military or tribal ID.

Art Sprouts

April 12

Art Sprouts is a fun story time and art making event for families with children ages 2 to 5 years. Adults and their children will explore works of art, move their bodies, read a book, and investigate objects and art materials. Choice-based studio activities extend the learning and fun.

All of these components are designed to not only inspire, but to also foster cognitive, fine, and gross motor skills, which are essential to child development. It’s also a great bonding experience for families!

To RSVP, contact Chelsea Farrar at or call (520) 621-9504.

Art Sprouts is FREE with Museum admission ($8/general, $6.50/65+) and is always FREE for Museum members, and University of Arizona students, staff, and faculty (with CatCard).

Thanks to a generous grant from the Marshall Foundation, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships to the program! Please contact Chelsea Farrar for more information.

Spaces are limited- RSVP today!

April 29, 10:00-1:00


Join us for a day of art and science fun! More details coming soon!