Conserving the Painted Past Symposium

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Friday, 3 April, 2020 to Sunday, 5 April, 2020
Saturday, 1 June, 2019
South Portland


The Center for Painted Wall Preservation,, invites proposals for its Conserving the Painted Past Symposium slated for April 3-5, 2020 in South Portland, Maine, USA.

The purpose of the Symposium is to address the preservation and conservation of extant walls with paint decorated plaster, including murals, freehand brushstroke and stenciled plaster walls from 1800-1860. These extraordinary treasures of folk art demonstrate beautiful craftsmanship and convey a deep sense of place. By bringing together presentations on recent and current case studies, the CPWP hopes to encourage and inform responsible practices for ensuring the survival of these vital pieces of our cultural history.

Proposals are now being accepted for compelling visual presentations of treatments and/or case studies. Presenters should be directly involved in projects they present. Presentations cannot be longer than thirty minutes.

Topics may include: building assessment, stabilization of buildings with painted walls, plaster repair, changing materials, conservation vs. preservation, paint analysis, conservation treatments, ownership of paint decorated plaster walls, grant-writing for painted wall preservation.

The deadline for submissions is *June 1, 2019*.
Please send a brief synopsis (250 words or less) of your proposal along with your resume. Email proposals sent as attachments are encouraged. Proposals should be sent to or to The Center for Painted Wall Preservation, c/o Linda Lefko, 1342 Anthony Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527 USA.