Building Imaging Workflows
Includes a Live Event on 05/03/2021 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Monday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 5 at 12-2pm Eastern Time
Instructor: Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton
This workshop will provide instruction and facilitate discussion about building an imaging workflow for conservation. Imaging workflows are an important part of conservation documentation because they provide consistency, require critical evaluation of goals, help new employees understand practices of a lab, and save time. Designing a workflow can be cumbersome and overwhelming. This workshop aims to simplify the structure of a workflow by providing building blocks that allow participants to tailor the structure to their needs and equipment. With a focus on treatment photography, discussion and lecture will emphasize object safety, repeatability, accuracy, and flexibility.
Lecture and case-studies will give participants the basic structure and outline of an imaging workflow. Between the two sessions, participants will work independently or in groups to build a workflow for their unique equipment, space, and goals. Discussion of individual workflows in the second session will deepen participants' understanding of diverse imaging scenarios and equipment.
This workshop is appropriate for all specialties and levels of experience. Individuals tasked with imaging of collections will benefit most, including emerging and established conservation professionals, pre-program students, and conservation photographers in institutions or private practice. Previous experience with photography of collections is suggested. Participants should come to the workshop with a list of current equipment used, descriptions and photographs of imaging spaces, and be prepared to discuss the goals of imaging in their work.
Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton
Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton is a conservator in private practice in Colorado. She specializes in photographs, works on paper and conservation imaging. She serves museums, institutions, and private individuals in the West and throughout the United States. A member of Mountain States Art Conservation, she works in collaboration with conservators of varied specialties whenever possible. Trained as a fine-art photographer, Jennifer became interested in conservation through exploration of historic photographic processes. Her graduate training at Buffalo State College allowed her to explore additional aspects of photography as a medium and a tool for conservation. She gained experience as a conservator and photographer in positions at MFA, Houston, Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Menil Collection, and Paul Messier LLC. For the 2019-2020 academic year, was a full-time lecturer for “Technical Examination and Documentation” at the Garman Art Conservation Department, Buffalo State College.