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“Learning through Replication”  

July 30-August 3, 2018 

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage is pleased to announce the 7th annual Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH), a program for art historians intended to provide a general introduction to Technical Art History, with specific case studies.  

The theme of the 2018 STITAH is “Learning through Replication” and will facilitate a general introduction to historical and contemporary art-making techniques while promoting discussion among participants on the technical study of objects and their states of condition. The program will build upon first-hand craft knowledge towards a holistic understanding of material degradation and preservation. Studio sessions on colorant and ink-making as well as carving and painting in various mediums will enable participants to apply this hands-on knowledge towards the critical assessment of museum objects and to see through layers of degradation and restoration. Meanwhile, methods of technical study—from close looking to low-tech and state-of-the-art equipment—will be implemented by the group to explore the potential and application of specific analytical tools in collections research.  

Participants will have an opportunity to conduct close studies of objects from the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  Sessions will range from case studies to gallery visits, and from hands-on activities to discussion.   Seminars and workshops will take place in the YUAG’s Nolen Center for Education, the YCBA conservation studios, and in the shared Conservation and Research laboratories of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (ICPH) in the Collections Studies Center on Yale’s West Campus. Details of the program will be made available via the IPCH website as well as the Kress Foundation as they are finalized. 

Full-time art history faculty at North American colleges and universities are eligible to apply. No background in science or conservation is required. Consideration will be given to dual applications from an art history professor and a science professor who teach collaboratively at the same institution. No more than fifteen faculty members will be admitted to the program, and applicants will be evaluated based largely on their expressed commitment to integrating technical art history into their own teaching curricula.

Thanks to the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, participating faculty will receive housing and subsistence in a Yale residential college, as well as a $61 per diem for the duration of the course. There will be no course fee. Participants will be responsible for their travel to and from Yale. There is a small budget to support travel for those selected who would otherwise be unable to meet their travel costs.

Applicants must submit: a cover letter; a statement of purpose describing both the courses they teach and their interest in integrating technical art history into their teaching; and an academic and professional CV. Please submit applications to Elizabeth Williams, Special Projects Manager at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, at by April 1, 2018.


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