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The d.i.y. panel discussion series at the Columbia College Chicago Library focuses on ‘do it yourself’ fields, in which many from the Columbia community are active.

Each session brings together three independent artists who share their work experience and discuss the evolution of and inspiration for their art, ingredients for success, and advice for up-and-coming artists.

Podcasts will be available for most sessions.

Next Session: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Library, 3rd Floor EAST

Planning for perpetuity: pixels, paint, and physical formats

Learn how to how to protect your work so it’s there when you need it -- tomorrow or five years from tomorrow. Focusing on digital, fine art, and physical material formats, the panelists will address long-term care and will answer questions from the audience.

Heidi Marshall: Head of College Archives & Digital Collections at Columbia College Chicago. Her work focuses on preserving the history and activities of the College in formats ranging from century-old documents to HD video. Hired at Columbia to establish its archives in 2005, she holds a MS in Library Science and a MA in American History from Simmons College, Boston and is active in the Society of American Archivists, the Chicago Area Archivists, concentrating on electronic records and digital preservation.

Laura Moeller: a conservator at Graphic Conservation company since 2006 and Columbia alumnus with a BFA in Photography. Laura has a background in printmaking, bookbinding and letterpress arts as well as art history and is an active member of the American Institute for Conservation, Chicago Area Conservation Group and the arts scene. Laura bridges the gap between expectations of artists and the reality of future conservation needs based on chosen materials.

Dr. Michael J. Welsh:  an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Science and Mathematics Department at Columbia College Chicago. He earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana and a B.S. in Chemistry from Bradley University, Peoria Illinois. His research interests include new teaching methods, chemical demonstrations, and promoting student understanding of the role chemistry plays in the everyday life of the liberal arts student, and in particular the role chemistry plays in the production and conservation of art and cultural artifacts. Over the past ten years, he has developed and taught a course taught at Columbia College Chicago called Chemistry of Art and Color and is currently working on a course called Chemistry of Art Conservation.

Refreshments will be served.

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