Care of Painted Surfaces

Across time and culture, paint has been applied to the surface of many materials. Paint can be found on fabrics, wood, metal, and glass, just to name a few. Caring for painted surfaces can be challenging as the paint and substrate frequently respond differently to fluctuations in the environment. This webinar will provide an overview of common condition issues and best practices for storage and display.


Megan Emery is the Chief Conservator and Senior Objects Conservator at the Midwest Art Conservation Center, a non-profit conservation center located in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to working at MACC, Megan was the Associate Conservator of Objects at the Cincinnati Art Museum and a Mellon Fellow at the National Museum of the American Indian. She has extensive experience with ethnographic and archaeological materials, painted surfaces, lacquer, gilt frames, and the conservation of large-scale contemporary sculpture. She holds a Master of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation specializing in Objects from the State University College of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Megan is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and is currently chair of the Object Specialty Group.



Recording October 13, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 17 minutes