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Mosaics at Archaeological Sites: Training for Site Managers

May 2-19, 2017

MOSAIKON is pleased to announce the third course in its series of regional training courses on the Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites with Mosaics, which will be held at the World Heritage Site of Volubilis, Morocco, in partnership with the Direction du Patrimoine Culturel of Morocco.

More information and application forms in English and French.

  Cross section showing lacquer layers in blue light illumination. Photo: Nanke Schellmann

Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer

May 15-19, 2017

GCI is partnering with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Rijksmuseum to offer the fourth Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer workshop, which explores newly developed analytical procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about Asian lacquers, their additives, and their European substitutes.

More details and application will be available online in the coming months. Please check back. Information about previous workshops is available online.

Opportunities at the Getty Conservation Institute

  Former GCI Conservation Guest Scholars Elizabeth Vines and Maria Isabel Hernandez Llosas.

Conservation Guest Scholars and Graduate Internships

Applications for the 2017–2018 GCI Scholar year and Graduate Internships will be available in fall 2016.

The Conservation Guest Scholar program at the GCI provides opportunities for senior-level professionals to pursue research on topics that can bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives to the field. Graduate internships support full-time positions for students or recent graduates who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts.

  Former Postdoctoral Fellow, Alessa Gambardella.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science

Application information will be available in September. Visit the GCI website.

This two-year program is designed to provide recent PhDs in chemistry and the physical sciences with experience in conservation science. The 2017–2019 Postdoctoral Fellow will be an integral part of the GCI Science's Technical Studies research area. The fellowship runs from September 2017 to August 2019.

Deadline to apply: November 15, 2016.

Project Update


Arches Demo

Experience how the Arches Heritage Inventory and Management System, an open source software platform, works before going through the installation and setup process. Take Arches v3.0 for a test drive by visiting the newly launched demonstration site.



David Alfaro Siqueiros: Murals in Los Angeles

A Selected Bibliography Second Edition (2016)

Compiled over the course of the Conservation of América Tropical project, this selected bibliography focuses on the murals painted by Siqueiros in Los Angeles in 1932, with additional references on materials and techniques, as well as news items related to these murals from 1932–2014.

Download the PDF.


Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

Read the list of recently acquired titles online.



The Diamond Sutra: A Story of Printing, Piety, and Preservation on the Silk Road

Susan Whitfield, the director of the International Dunhuang Project, took the audience on a journey of exploration of the many facets of the Diamond Sutra (a sacred Mahayana Buddhist text), which dates from 868 and is the world's oldest dated complete printed book. Found in Cave 17, also known as the Library Cave, it was one of a cache of over 40,000 objects that were sealed up for a millennium before their rediscovery in 1900s.

Watch a video of the lecture.

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IIC 2016 Los Angeles Congress

If you are attending the 26th Biennial IIC Congress in Los Angeles, Septermber 12-16, stop by the GCI booth (202) and learn about resources we have for conservation professionals.

Still time to register.


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