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A wide variety of canvas and panel paintings are treated in the paintings laboratory, as well as more unusual supports such as copper, tinned iron, rawhide, cardboard or Masonite. Students learn how to clean, stabilize, and assess damage to a wide range of painting mediums, support, and frames. Recent department projects have included paintings by Alex Fournier, Rudolf Ray, Henry Inman, Victor Varsarely, and Hans Hofmann.

A study collection painting photographed under visible light
The same painting fluorescing under UV. Areas of inpainting are easily visible.
The painting reflecting UV light

From the University of Iowa Libraries' Preservation Beat blog

Last month, Assistant Conservator Brenna Campbell traveled to the Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State to take a workshop on using UV photography to learn more about cultural heritage objects. This qualitative technique is valuable both for identifying areas of change within an object — either from damage or treatment — as well as for tracking changes over time.

Instructors Jiuan Jiuan Chen and Dan Kushel expertly led participants through a variety of lectures and hands-on exercises. The group experimented with photographing a variety of objects, including paintings, prints, glass, baskets, and textiles

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Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 230 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5025 •  Fax: (716) 878-5039