Conversations with Change Makers: Sealed Frame Package Research at the Image Permanence Institute

In this conversation Jae Gutierrez, Executive Director of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI), will provide an informal introduction to current research on sealed frame packages being conducted at IPI. She will also discuss how this research sits within IPI’s sustainable preservation practices research agenda. As part of a three-year, Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded, research project a total of 28 sealed frame package designs were created for laboratory testing. Variations in design allowed for both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Experimental data was evaluated to understand the effectiveness of each design at buffering against external changes in temperature and relative humidity. Additionally, qualitative assessments were conducted of the reusability of sealed frame package materials. This research is ongoing, and the laboratory data is still being processed. Therefore, final conclusions will not be shared during this conversation, but trends and generalizations of lessons learned will be discussed.

Jae Gutierrez

Executive Director

Image Permanence Institute (IPI)

Jennifer Jae Gutierrez has served as Executive Director of IPI since 2017. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the research center, with more than twenty years of experience as a preservation administrator, photograph conservator, and conservation educator. Jae has a MSc in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware specializing in photograph conservation. Prior to her appointment at RIT, Jae was the Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) where she established the institution’s conservation department. Before that, she held a faculty appointment in the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware (UD) where she taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in preventive conservation, conservation ethics, and the conservation of photographic materials. 

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Conversations with Change Makers: Sealed Frame Package Research at the Image Permanence Institute
04/11/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  45 minutes
04/11/2024 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  45 minutes In this conversation Jae Gutierrez, Executive Director of the Image Permanence Institute (IPI), will provide an informal introduction to current research on sealed frame packages being conducted at IPI. She will also discuss how this research sits within IPI’s sustainable preservation practices research agenda. As part of a three-year, Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded, research project a total of 28 sealed frame package designs were created for laboratory testing. Variations in design allowed for both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Experimental data was evaluated to understand the effectiveness of each design at buffering against external changes in temperature and relative humidity. Additionally, qualitative assessments were conducted of the reusability of sealed frame package materials. This research is ongoing, and the laboratory data is still being processed. Therefore, final conclusions will not be shared during this conversation, but trends and generalizations of lessons learned will be discussed.