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Workshop: How to Preserve Your Collection

Thu, Nov 16, 2023 06:00 - 07:30 PM MST

Venue : Clyfford Still Museum

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Category: Workshops + Activities,

6–6:30 p.m. Galleries open
6:30-7:30 p.m. Workshop

As CSM’s first complete chronological installation in more than two years and the third installment in CSM’s “Spotlight” series, Spotlight: Inside Collections Care and Conservation seeks to reacquaint visitors with a thorough overview of Clyfford Still’s sixty-year career. Join us for this workshop exploring Still’s preservation philosophy. James Squires and Pam Skiles, the Museum’s conservators, will discuss Still’s conservation philosophy and practical tips on how best to preserve your own work. Participants will also explore the process of mixing paints, something that Still frequently did himself.

This program is $5 for the public, free for CSM members, and registration is required to attend in person at the Clyfford Still Museum.

Registration will open soon.

About James Squires

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James Squires

James Squires is the chief conservator at the Clyfford Still Museum. He first began conservation work on the Museum’s collection in 2010 as the Associate Conservator of Paintings for the Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Art Museum. In 2013, James moved to the Clyfford Still Museum full time to continue research, treatment, and preservation of the collections. James is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver where he teaches a course on the conservation of cultural heritage. From 2001-2010, James co-managed the Atlanta Art Conservation Center, a satellite regional conservation laboratory of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. Along with treating a variety of paintings, James lectured about conservation and promoted heritage preservation efforts throughout the Southeast.

About Pam Skiles

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Pam Skiles

Pam Skiles is the senior paintings conservator at the Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Art Museum. She has co-authored a paper on Still, “Analysis of Modern Paints and Conservation at the Clyfford Still Museum,” and co-presented that work at the Conference on Modern Oil Paints at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. She has further engaged with the art conservation field by serving as an officer for the Paintings Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation and several positions on the Board of Directors for the Western Association for Art Conservation. Skiles has an M.A. in art conservation from Buffalo State College, State University of New York, and a B.A. in the history of art from the University of Michigan. Her additional museum experience includes the Oakland Museum of California and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, as well as working in a private conservation studio in Los Angeles.