SHAKESPEARE GARDEN BUST TO RECEIVE FULL CONSERVATION TREATMENT

City Monuments contribute to National Conservation Training thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Director of Cultural Affairs Luis R. Cancel is pleased to announce a new partnership between the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), Senior Conservator Katharine Untch of ARG Conservation Services (ARG/CS) and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) to present a national pilot workshop for mid-career conservators on Outdoor Sculpture Conservation. In the fall of 2009, FAIC received $202,243 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a curriculum for a national series of workshops over the next two years. Slated for this summer in San Francisco, the first pilot workshop will focus on the City’s public monuments, particularly those in Golden Gate Park. Hands-on treatments will include cleaning of the bronze bust of George Bullock’s Shakespeare, located in the Shakespeare Garden. Cleaning tests during the workshop will culminate in full conservation treatment of the rest of the monument at a later date. Updates on recent research in the field will be provided by a number of contributors, including researchers from the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. The workshop will also include the participation of local conservation experts from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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William Shakespeare. Bronze bust, George Bullock. Golden Gate Park.

“The San Francisco Arts Commission is honored to be invited to participate in this important national endeavor to expand conservation knowledge among professionals,” stated Luis R. Cancel. “With the restoration of the Shakespeare monument, we also see this project as a wonderful opportunity to build awareness and appreciation for the City’s Civic Art Collection that includes over 800 outdoor sculptures many of which are located in Golden Gate Park.”

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is partnering with the San Francisco Arts Commission to provide facilities to host the workshop.

“The San Francisco Arts Commission and its varied collection of outdoor sculpture is an ideal partner in developing a newly updated curriculum for an advanced conservation course,” stated Eric Pourchot, FAIC Institutional Advancement Director. We are fortunate to have the extensive experience of ARG Conservation Services and lead instructor, Katharine Untch, who has contributed to the initiation of FAIC’s highly successful national program for Professional Development and her experience in developing training curriculum for conservators.

“The City’s Civic Art Collections, and collections of outdoor sculpture at the de Young Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, provide a fertile training ground with a variety of conservation and preservation challenges and solutions,” says the course developer and lead instructor, Katharine Untch. “ARG Conservation Services is delighted to be a contributor to this important national endeavor to help advance knowledge in the field of conservation, and to ultimately enhance the long-term preservation of our nation’s cultural heritage.”

About ARG Conservation Services
ARG Conservation Services (ARG/CS) specializes in the conservation and repair of highly significant structures and works of art including historic buildings, sites, monuments and collections in historic architectural contexts. ARG Conservation Services is a unique contracting firm that employs highly trained architectural and material specialty conservators that can direct and undertake specialized conservation treatments required to preserve these historic treasures.
Click here to learn more about ARG Conservation Services

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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