The Road Less Traveled Conference

Proceed with Caution—The Influence of Conservation on the Work of Living Artists

September 28, 2017 10:45 a.m.

This panel brought together three conservators who have experiences working with living artists. They reflected on these experiences and provided insights into the processes and pitfalls involved.

Panelists: Jason Church, Dennis Montagna, Ronald Harvey

As conservators working with self-taught art or artist-built environments, do we have an influence on the artist and, in turn, the art? Is this a positive or negative influence, or neither? Does the intervention of historians, conservators, the media, and the marketplace play too great a role in the artist’s creative process? Panelists discussed the various roles conservation plays in their experiences working with living artists.

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