May 27 - Ask an Expert: Cleaning Artifacts


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Ask an Expert: Cleaning Artifacts
Wednesday, May 27
2:00 pm

Talk with Barbara HellerDirector and Conservator, Special Projects, Detroit Institute of Arts

Barbara Heller is the director and conservator of special projects at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), where she has worked since 1976. Hired as paintings conservator, she was promoted to chief conservator in 1985 and assumed her current position in the Exhibition, Collection and Information Strategies Division in 2009. Barbara was formerly paintings conservator at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, where she completed her training. She was an intern for the Committee to Rescue Italian Art, working on flood-damaged books at Certosa di Galuzzo, and for Wayne State University, at an Etruscan Foundation dig near Siena, Italy. She holds a certificate from Getty Leadership Institute and credentials from Olivet College, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Harvard University.

Barbara will be sharing some of the most important takeaways learned from the CDC, EPA, FDA, State of Michigan, City of Detroit, national and international Museum and Conservation Associations, as well as Conservation Scientists, as part of the process to develop a re-entry/building readiness plan after COVID-19. She's also attended many webinars including District 2030 Healthy Building Webinars on Indoor Air Quality and Sanitizing High-Touch Surfaces.


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Online programs during the month of May are sponsored by
the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery.
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