CAN! Conversations: Facilitate Rather Than Dictate

CAN! Conversations is a series of discussions on the quandaries of conserving contemporary art. Topics are proposed by CAN! members for CAN! members and the events will be held seasonally over Zoom. Do you have a topic to propose for a future CAN! Conversation? Send your ideas to Martha Singer at

Pam Paulson

Founder and Master Printer

Paulson Fontaine Press

Pam Paulson, came to California to study art, focusing on bay area figurative painting. Pam received her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1982 where she worked as a teaching assistant for Robert Colescott. Pam has a passion for the NY Times crossword puzzle and likes problem solving in general.

Instagram: @paulsonfontainepress


Paul Amaral

President and Founder

Amaral Custom Fabricators

Amaral Custom Fabricators is a family owned and operated company with a rich, 20 year history. We are versatile fabricators who are able to apply our technical know-how to many industries including large-scale sculpture and art fabrication, marine, and architectural trades, sculpture restoration, among others. 

Instagram: @amaralcf


Matt Dilling

Co-founder and Creative Director

Lite Brite Neon Studio

Lite Brite Neon Studio is a collective of craftspeople that specializes in the production of neon art, display, luminous visual props and architectural lighting through a collaborative approach. 

Instatgram: @litebriteneon


Taylor Healy

Conservation Fellow

Smithsonian Institute

Today's discussion will be moderated by Taylor Healy.


Facilitate Rather Than Dictate: A CAN! Conversation with Fabricators in Contemporary Art
12/13/2021 at 12:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
12/13/2021 at 12:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes Fabricators play a significant role in the creation of modern and contemporary artworks and are often responsible for their preservation. Conservators rely heavily on fabricators’ expertise and material knowledge for the preservation and care of many artworks. Master printmaker Pam Paulson, outdoor sculpture fabricator Paul Amaral, and neon fabricator Matt Dilling will share their experiences with materials, techniques, and collaborations, providing a voice largely missing from object histories and conservation conversations. Zoom panel with Q&A to follow.