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Teaching Art and Archaeological Conservation

In winter quarter 2017, I taught the course "Conservation of Wall Paintings, Mosaics and Rock Art" to Conservation and Material Science graduate students.  The students learned about the current state of preservation of Roman mosaics and Los Angeles contemporary murals, they recreated frescos and mosaics from cultures of their choosing, they assessed the deterioration of murals in west Los Angeles and suggested improvements, they practiced treatment of flaking paint and damaged mortar led by private wall paintings conservators, and they visited with the conservators of the David Alfaro Siqueros mural "America Tropical" on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.  Teaching was a wonderful experience and one I hope to repeat in the future.  Recently, I was also part of a group of conservators that taught Homeland Security agents how to handle, document and pack art that has been seized at the US borders from the illicit trafficking of antiquities.  The training was a pilot project for UCLA, but one that is sure to continue in the future.

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