The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Exposed: Technical Art History Symposium


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.