APR 5 | Watts Talk: Sara Bisi & Lindsay Elgin, Preserving Papyrus: Conservation of Brown University’s Book of the Dead Fragments

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APR 5 Talk:  Sara Bisi, Conservator & Lindsay Elgin, Brown University Library Photographer, Preserving Papyrus: Conservation of Brown University’s Book of the Dead Fragments. Free and open to the public.  Limited space, Please register. The Rockefeller Library, Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Co-hosted by Brown University Library) REGISTER HERE

To the Egyptians, death marked the end of one journey, and the beginning of another. This presentation will introduce the journey of five fragments of papyrus from a Book of the Dead in the collection of the John Hay Library at Brown University.  The journey will begin with an overview of the material itself and the tools and techniques likely used for the production of the scroll followed by the conservation treatment of the five fragments at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA.  The presentation will also provide information on historic and current practices for preservation of papyri.

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Sara Bisi has worked in the field of paper conservation since 2003 and is the owner of PaperCare Conservation Services in Boston, MA.  She has gained experience in both museum and private conservation labs such as the Yale Center for British Art, the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Sarah Dove Fine Art Conservation and the Northeast Document Conservation Center. In 2010 Sara was awarded the Craigen W. Bowen Fellowship in Paper Conservation at the Harvard Art Museums’ Straus Center for Conservation. She earned a Masters Degree in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College and a B.A. in Art History with minors in Chemistry and Studio Art from Saint Joseph College.  Sara is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and serves as a board member for the University of Saint Joseph Art Gallery and the New England Conservation Association.

Lindsay Elgin is a photographer for the Brown University Library, where she has been digitizing rare books, materials, and objects from Brown’s extensive Special Collections since 2008. She has also taught in RISD|CE’s Digital Photography Certificate Program since 2002, serving as Advisor to the program from 2002-2012. Lindsay has been a guest lecturer and critic at a number of institutions throughout the Northeast. A working fine artist, her work has been exhibited throughout New England, as well as Chicago, Tucson, New York City, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Lindsay holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Amherst College, an M.F.A. in Photography from RISD, and is currently pursuing an M.L.I.S. at Simmons College.


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