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Virginia Conservation Association

The Virginia Conservation Association (VCA) promotes the care and preservation of cultural materials. The VCA offers education and training for those involved in conservation and provides a forum for discussion of pertinent issues and new developments in the field.

News and Events

VCA Workshop

The Virginia Conservation Association will present a full day workshop on Preventative Conservation. The workshop will review fundamental strategies for monitoring a house museum environment and discuss proper care and maintenance of a variety of common museum materials. This hands-on learning experience, instructed by museum conservators, will examine furniture, textiles, books, paintings, frames and architectural elements. Discussion and questions are encouraged - this will be an excellent opportunity for small museum staff, collectors and students interested in the field.


Kate Ridgway- Archeological Conservator Department of Historic Resources
Mary Scott Andrews- Objects Conservator in private practice, contracted with VMFA and Agecroft
Sandy Jensen- Frame Conservator in private practice, contracted with VMFA and Maymont
Cost for the workshop is $25 and boxed lunches will be provided.
Date: Wednesday February 24, 2016
Time: 9:30-3:30
Location: Virginia House Museum; 4301 Sulgrave Road Richmond 23221

Register by February 19, 2016. For questions and workshop registration, please contact Keri Ragland, Education Chair at kragland@maymont.org

VCA March Meeting

Sailor Jerry

The VCA January Meeting will be postponed until March at the James Branch Cabell Library at VCU. Samantha Sheesley, Paper Conservator at the VMFA will present "True Love Forever: Preserving the Legacy of Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins." She will discuss the conservation of the stencils, rubbings and sketches of this iconic WWII tattoo artist.
5:30-8:00 pm
901 Park Avenue, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room
Richmond, VA 23284
RSVP online at Signup Genius to confirm your attendence. VCA members are encouraged to bring refreshments or snacks to share.
Please bring a friend or two to introduce to the VCA!

Parking: West Main Parking Deck (Main and Laurel Streets)801 W.Main; $1 for first 2 hours, $2 ea. add. hour, $10 max. Directions

2015-2016 VCA Meetings

Sept 24Mariners' MuseumWorthington steam pumpWill Hoffman
Nov 17Virginia Historical SocietyHoffbauer MuralsCleo Mullins, Beth Fulton, Stacy Rusch
MarVCU LibrarySailor Jerry Tattoo ArtSamantha Sheesley
May 19Muscarelle MuseumBenjamin West PaintingScott Nolley

VCA Newsletters

January 2016 VCA Newsletter
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