UVA Pavilion X shutter louver brightfield 100x for submissionPowers of Ten: Expanding the APR Toolbox

Like the Charles and Ray Eames 1977 short film, Powers of Ten, Architectural Paint Research (APR) deals with magnitudes of scale, from a single pigment particle, to a painted house, to the decorative tastes of an entire region. In the spirit of the film, the 2017 APR conference aims to take a closer look at how we carry out our research at every level, from the micro to the macroscopic.

The 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference organizing committee sent out a call for papers and posters for its next meeting in New York City, March 15-17, 2017. Submissions were received from APR specialists and advanced students, as well as members of related disciplines including art conservators, preservation architects, decorative painters, heritage managers and materials scientists.

There will be a session on APR standards led by the standards committee, as put into motion at the 2014 Stockholm APR conference.

Topics will include but are not limited to:

Non-traditional or Overlooked Finishes: Projects where finishes identified through APR included unexpected color combinations, non-traditional use of traditional materials, finishes rarely discussed at previous APR conferences, or finishes that may be unique to a single geographic region.

Case studies with a Focus on Cross-section Microscopy: APR case studies supported by cross-section photomicrographs and other analytical data that illustrate the interpretive process.

Research into paint materials and technologies: Archival research or research of a technical nature that sheds a new light on paint materials or finishes. Topics may focus on a particular studio or decorative painter/artist’s working methods, colourman’s practices, pigment manufacture, and/or the evolution of paint/pigment/varnish technology.

Replication of Historic Finishes: Spotlight on the challenges and solutions involved with replicating finishes identified through APR. Topics may include methods for removing overpaint, collaborating with decorative painters to replicate schemes, and/or the sharing of information that could only have been gleaned through the preparation/replication process.

Projects Revisited: Have you had the opportunity to re-visit an old project? If so, how have these projects fared over time? How has your work been received by the public? What lessons did you learn that carried over into future projects?

Kirsten Moffitt, materials analyst, Collections & Conservation.The conference will also highlight projects where instrumental techniques such as FTIR, SEM-EDS, Raman spectroscopy, GC-MS, or HPLC have been applied and the results have led to a deeper and/or unexpected understanding of historic architectural paint/finish materials. In these instances, the author(s) must credit the consultant and/or laboratory responsible for carrying out the research.

Student Talks: Advanced students working on APR related projects will present their research in a dedicated session.



Abstract submission has closed, but the conference organizers are still accepting poster abstracts. 

Selected speakers have been notified and details regarding guidelines for the conference presentations and articles have been provided to selected authors. Speakers will be requested to submit their work in the form of a full-text, illustrated article for publication in the conference post-prints. This article will be peer-reviewed and is due on November 15, 2016.

Posters: The deadline for poster abstract submissions is November 1, 2016. To view the Call for Posters, click here. Selected authors will be notified by January 15, 2017. Poster guidelines will be provided at that time.

Submit Your Poster Abstract

If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Moffit at kmoffit@cwf.org, or Stephanie Hoagland at shoagland@jbconservation.com.