It is a pleasure to announce the seminar by Sharon Cather from the Department of Conservation of Wall Painting, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London:

“Wall Paintings from Byzantium to China: Technological diversity, conservation challenges, and new research directions”

The seminar will take place on 6pm on February 16th, 2012, at the Alumni Reading Room, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus.

Please RSVP by February 10th, 2012 to

Sharon Cather was educated at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Princeton. After teaching in the History of Art Department at the University of Cambridge, she helped establish the Conservation of Wall Painting Department at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 1985.  She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the International Institute of Conservation, of which she is also Vice President, and the American Academy in Rome. She serves on the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung, and supervises departmental fieldwork programs in China, Cyprus, India, Jordan and Malta, as well as MA and PhD research. Her present research involves, among other topics, the environmental causes of deterioration, their diagnosis and mitigation as well as technology of wall paintings globally and methods and materials of remedial interventions. Her research interests also involve conservation theory, with particular focus on methodological developments.