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ACerS Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division

Mission & vision statements  

 

Our Mission: To advance the scientific understanding of the materials found in ceramic art, and to provide information that aids in the interpretation, and preservation of traditional ceramic art and artifacts, as well as the techniques and technologies used in their creation.

 

Our Vision: To help ACerS members better appreciate the artistic side of ceramics and to work cooperatively with others in the field (e.g., craftspeople, historians, archaeologists, curators, conservators, conservation scientists, etc.), to attract and train the future workforce in this area, to stimulate interest and foster interactions in this area, to reconstruct older ceramic technologies, and to improve the press and general public’s understanding and appreciation of ACerS and professional societies in general, as well as ceramists and ceramics (both artistic and industrial).

ACerS Art, Archaeology, and Conservation Science Division

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 Meeting Spotlight  

 

May 17, 2015

AACS Workshop 

Miami, Florida, USA

Workshop focus: Ancient Glass: Composition, Technology and Deterioration

 

ACerS’ Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division, in conjunction with the American Institute for Conservation, are hosting a one-day workshop between the AIC annual meeting and GOMD-DGG 2015.  

Click here to view all upcoming ACerS meetings

 

 

Division leadership  

Chair: Glenn Gates | Walters Art Museum |  Ph: (410) 547-9000 ext. 365 

Vice Chair: Pamela B. Vandiver | University of Arizona | Ph: (520)-400-2270

Secretary: Darryl Butt | Boise State University | Ph: (208) 426-1054

Treasurer: John McCloy | Washington State University | Ph: (509) 372-4964

Trustee: Katherine Faber | California Institute of Technology | Ph: (626)-395-4448

Chair of Nominations Committee: Marc Walton | Northwestern University/NU-ACCESS 

 

 

Division rules and reports   

Original Design/Art Division Rules from 1954, revised in 2000

New Rules for AACS, March 2013 

AACS Annual Report 2012-2013

AACS Annual Report 2013-2014

 

 

Publications and articles  

All ACerS Publications

2009 NSF and Andrew W. Mellon Workshop Report

African Ceramics

Gayagama Kiln Build

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Museum Outreach

Nikos Rodios

Why National Science Foundation Funding–and Archaeology–Matters

The Mummy’s Face: Solving an Ancient Mystery

Amy Marquardt, member of AACS and a graduate student at University of Maryland - College Park, won a Diamond ranking in the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) contest for her presentation at MS&T 2014 titled “Atomic layer deposited films as diffusion barriers for silver cultural heritage objects.” She presented her paper in the AACS Symposium on Wednesday, October 15th in Pittsburgh, PA.

Amy Marquardt, member of AACS and a graduate student at University of Maryland – College Park, won a Diamond ranking in the Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) contest for her presentation at MS&T 2014 titled “Atomic layer deposited films as diffusion barriers for silver cultural heritage objects.” She presented her paper in the AACS Symposium on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

 

Sites for exploration  

Art, science converge in identification of rare iron oxide in ancient Chinese ceramics Ceramic Tech Today article (May 2014)

American Institute for Conservation 

Institute of Conservation – Glass and Ceramics Group 

International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation: Glass and Ceramics

Society for Archaeological Sciences

Ceramics Arts Daily 

Ceramic Tech Today’s video and article (Feb. 2013) about this new division

Ceramic Tile and Glazing video

Corning Museum of Glass’s Research Dept. offers Glass Database

Glass Art Society

Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS)

NU-ACCESS Ceramic Tech Today article (Feb. 2013) 

 

 

Research interests   

Analysis and Examination of Russian Enamel work: 1700CE-1917CE 

Athenian Pottery Research Project

Silver tarnish prevention using atomic layer deposited (ALD) ceramic barrier coatings (NSF Award DMR1041803) 

 

 

Funding opportunities   

Rakow Grant for Glass Research, sponsored by the Corning Museum of Glass. February 1 deadline. 

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training 

Digging into Data Challenge 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 

Kress Foundation 

Henry Luce Foundation 

Getty Foundation 

National Science Foundation Archaeology and Archaeometry Homepage

National Science Foundation Chemistry Division Homepage

National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research Homepage

 

 

Job opportunities  

ACerS Career Center

University of Delaware: Art Conservation positions 

Washington, DC: Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute Fellowships and Internships

 

 


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