“Art Conservation and Preservation” with Seth Irwin


Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Windward Community College
Letty Comenares, 236-9120
Professor of Chemistry, Natural Sciences
Posted: Mar 27, 2014

The WCC Community Forum in Chemistry presents "Art Conservation and Preservation" with Seth Irwin, who will talk about the field of Art Conservation and discuss several of the challenges faced in preservation of paper artifacts in a library and archive environment.

Seth Irwin, Art Conservationist
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
1:00–2:00 p.m.
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (in the Windward Community College Science Complex)

Paper based historical artifacts and artwork such as documents, books, photographs, and maps hold an important value to our society for many reasons. As an art conservationist, Seth Irwin tackles the forces that cause the deterioration of these cultural objects.

Seth Irwin holds a master’s degree in art conservation specializing in paper conservation from Queen’s University in Ontario.  He also holds a BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, with a focus on early photographic processing.  Prior to moving to Hawai‘i in 2012, he worked in Boston Massachusetts on a rare book conservation project with the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem Massachusetts. From 2009 to 2011, Seth worked with small museums and other cultural institutions throughout the state of Alaska. As a member of the American Institute for Conservation he is a member of the Photographic Materials Specialty Group and the Book and Paper Specialty Group. He has published papers with the American Institute of Conservation, International Preservation News, and E-Conservation Magazine. Seth Irwin is employed as the Paper Conservator for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Hamilton Library.

This forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section. For more information, please contact Letty Colmenares, PhD, Professor of Chemistry at 236-9120.