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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.)…click here to view the entire vision statement. 

 

 

 

ACerS Art, Archaeology, and Conservation Science Division

Credit: Dan Diffendale; Flickr; CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

 

Publication Highlights

 

As a service to the members of the Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division and those interested in joining The American Ceramic Society, ACerS and Wiley are providing free access to articles published in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and the International Journal of Applied Glass Science that are relevant to the science industry.

We invite you to enjoy these articles, which are free to read until September 30, 2018 and suggest you take a look at the articles selected for all the divisions.

 

After September 30, ACerS members can access these articles by logging in to www.ceramics.org.

 

Comparative assessment of stained‐glass windows materials by infrared thermography

 

        Palomar, T

 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijag.12352

 

Pigments, vinegar, and blood: Interpretation and reproduction of glassy materials from the medieval manuscript H‐490

 

        Palomar, T 

 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijag.12354

 

 

Pre‐viking Swedish hillfort glass: A prospective long‐term alteration analogue for vitrified nuclear waste

         
          Weaver, J

 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijag.12351

 

Weathering of ancient and medieval glasses—potential proxy for nuclear fuel waste glasses. A perennial challenge revisited

 

         Heimann, R

 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijag.12277

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 Meeting Spotlight
 

Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division of ACerS Workshop; December 11-15, 2017 
Washington, D.C.; University of Maryland

 

The AACS Division recently hosted a group of six science and engineering graduate students/post-docs at several Washington, D.C. venues and at the University of Maryland to experience science applied to cultural heritage. The attendees participated in lectures in the morning, followed by applications/demonstrations or hands-on activities in the afternoon. This five day experience included visiting the National Museum of the American Indian – Cultural Resources Center (NMAI-CRC), the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the University of Maryland’s Surface and X-Ray Analysis Center, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian’s Freer | Sackler Galleries. 

 

 

 

3D experience at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum

National Museum of the American Indian – Cultural Resources Center

Using light microscopy and UV florescence to identify object materials at the Smithsonian’s Freer | Sackler Galleries.

 

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Division Leadership

 

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

Vice Chair: Blythe McCarthy | Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery | Ph: (202) 633-0372

Secretary: Patricia Marie McGuiggan | Johns Hopkins University 

Treasurer: Glenn Gates| Walters Art Museum 

Trustee: Ed Fuller | North Carolina State University | Ph: (919) 933-9704

Chair of Nominations Committee (Past Chair): Darryl Butt | University of Utah  

ACerS Board of Directors Division Liaison: Doreen Edwards | Rochester Institute of Technology

President’s Council of Student Advisors Delegate: Annie Brenner | Purdue University

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

AACS Annual Report 2014-2015AACS Annual Report 2014-2015

AACS Annual Report 2015-2016

 

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

Ceramic 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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