Science Talk | Scott M. Haskins: Saving and Restoring Contemporary Paintings

What are the materials and methods of contemporary painting? How do they differ from tradition? What variations create problems and consequences for conservation and restoration? Fine Art Conservator, Scott M. Haskins will entertain and educate with stories and examples from his quest to save today’s artistic paintings for future generations.


Scott M. Haskins graduated in 1978 from the Italian government  (Lombardy Region - ENAIP) three year master’s degree level painting conservation program run in conjunction with the Istituto Centrale del Restauro (ICR) in Rome. 

Between 1978 and 1984 Mr. Haskins established the painting conservation laboratory at Brigham Young University, Utah, USA which also served the historical collection of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they prepared to build two art museums. 

In 1986, Mr. Haskins established Fine Art Conservation Laboratories (FACL) in Santa Barbara, CA where they presently provide professional painting conservation services over a wide geographical region. FACL is also recognized and well known nationwide and internationally for art restoration work on murals. They consult on damaged art issues as an expert witness for the Los Angeles court system and for insurance companies, nationwide. FACL has a specialized division of disaster response services for art related items (wildfires, house fires, floods and mudslides, earthquakes etc). 

Scott M. Haskins is the author of the best-selling book series, Save Your Stuff, collection care manuals for collectibles, heirlooms, and family history items, and is a speaker internationally on the subject. He is also the author of several blogs and has a presence on several social media sites. He often uses these assets to help small museums, foundations and historical sites fundraise.

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  • February 12, 2020
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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