Monday, February 13, 2006

Paper Conservator to Speak, Feb. 21

Paper conservator Susan Filter will give an illustrated slide lecture on "The Conservator’s Work: Treating Artifacts at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts" in the Lecture Hall of Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21. She will talk about and show examples of the kinds of conservation treatments she has done during her 20-year career, including her work on wall maps and other large-format paper artifacts. This free event is sponsored by the LSU Libraries and is open to the public.

Filter has worked as a professional conservator for paper materials, both historic and modern since 1985. She has given numerous lectures on the preservation of paper based artifacts both at professional conferences and for the general public in the U.S., Italy, and Australia. Her special areas of expertise include treating artifacts on parchment, historic wallpaper, and over-sized paper-based artifacts such as wall maps. In 1992 the Delmas Foundation awarded her a grant to study over-sized maps in Venice, which led to the publication of her article "Historic Intent, Lodovico Ughi’s Topographical Map of Venice" in the American Institute of Conservation’s Book and Paper Annual in 1994.

Filter holds a Diploma di Conservazione e Restauro de Materiale Incisorio from the Universita Internazionale d'Arte, Venice, Italy, and an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California. She joined the Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts (CCAHA) staff in 1989 and served as Senior Conservator. She now maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute of Conservation.