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Northwestern University (Evanston, IL 60208-0001)
Marc Sebastian Walton (Project Director: June 2017 to October 2022)

Research and Development
Preservation and Access

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$349,988 (approved)
$342,247 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2021

Metal Soap Protrusions on Georgia O'Keeffe's Paintings: Establishing a New Quantitative Imaging Paradigm for Linking Scientif

Development of an open-source tool for characterizing and monitoring the development of metal soap formation on Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. Once developed, the tool would be available to conservators, scholars, and scientists who wish to monitor changes in surface topography on oil paintings. 

This project promises to reduce the barriers between scientific research and conservation practice; as well, it will develop user-friendly, image-based tools that could be used for real-time, long-term monitoring of the dynamic evolution of paint surfaces affected by metal soaps formation. These imaging and web-based image-processing tools, once developed, could be easily adapted to investigate other surface characteristics of paintings that are critical to their preservation such as surface cracks and lacunae. The results will provide the community with actual data on the impact of environmental as well as anthropic (i.e. solvent cleaning/lining etc.) factors on the present condition and long term preservation of paintings.