RPArenstein is the username for Rachael Perkins Arenstein, AIC's e-Editor who oversees development of this wiki site.
After working at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rachael moved into private practice and co-founded A.M. Art Conservation, LLC] in 2009. Visit A.M. Art Conservation's entry in the AIC wiki History of Conservation.
Rachael completed internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and the Israel Museum as well as other international institutions.
Rachael’s degree in art conservation is from the University of London where she studied at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. She received her B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology from Cornell University where she wrote her honors thesis on Dendrochronology, and excavated at Tel Miqne-Ekron in Israel.
Rachael is a Professional Associate member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). She is the AIC E-editor and the Co-Chair of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group.
Use and at this link to contact Rachael for wiki or other AIC online platforms. For other professional matters Rachael's contact information is available through her A.M. Art Conservation website or AIC's online directory .
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|CATEGORIES OF SENSITIVITY||SELECTED EXAMPLES||ALLOWABLE DEVIATION IN RELATIVE HUMIDITY|
|Category 1: High restriction||panel paintings
|±5% from target|
|Category 2: Mode rate restriction||furniture
|±10% from target|
|Category 3: Low restriction||wooden agricultural implements
|±15% from target|
|Category 4: Minimal restriction||stable decorative metals
|±20% from target|
(greatest to least expense)
(greatest to least attack resistance)
(least to greatest attack resistance)
|BOMB RESISTANCE |
(greatest to least resistance)
- air gap and desiccant
- glass clad
- air gap
Glass laminate (PVB)
(all systems are equal)
(all systems are equal)
Glass laminate (PVB) )
(all systems are equal)
|Primary Organizer||Subgroup of Primary Organizer||Series Title||Number||Conference Title||Primary City||Country||Start Date (yyyy/mm/dd)||Primary Subject||Secondary Subject||Tertiary Subject||Notes|
|Institut National du Patrimone||--||--||--||Public art: Legal status, maintenance and conservation||Paris||France||2019.10.08||General Conservation Issues||Public art||Legal Issues||Notes|
|ICOM-CC||Graphic Documents and Photographic Records||Interim Meeting||--||--||Ludwigsburg||Germany||1998.04.20||Paper||--||--||--|
|ICON||Textile Group||Annual Forum||--||Mind the gap: Structural and aesthetic options for the treatment of loss in textiles||London||England||2009.04.27||Textiles||--||--||--|
|Theatre Europe||OISTAT||Costume preservation in museum, theatre and fashion||Breda||Netherlands||2004.04.04||Textiles|
|State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart||Wet wood colloquium||Stuttgart||Germany||2006.05.12||Wood||Waterlogged materials|
|Academic Materials Research Laboratory of Painted Artworks (ALMA)||Interdisciplinary Conferences||1st||New methods and topics in artwork analysis||Prague||Czech Republic||2006.11.07||Analysis||Paintings|
|Academic Materials Research Laboratory of Painted Artworks(ALMA)||Interdisciplinary Conferences||2nd||Art and material aspects in the evaluation of the origin and age of a work of art||Prague||Czech Republic||2008.110.3||Analysis||Paintings|
|North American Textile Conservation Conferences||Biennial Conference||1st||Fabric of an exhibition:An interdisciplinary approach||Ottawa||Canada||1997.09.22||Textiles|
|North American Textile Conservation Conferences||Biennial Conference||2nd||Conservation Combinations||Ashville,NC||USA||2000.03.29||Textiles|
|North American Textile Conservation Conferences||Biennial Conference||3rd||Strengthening the bond:Science and textiles||Philadelphia,PA||USA||2002.04.05||Textiles|
|British Museum||Department of Scientific Research||Mellon Symposium||2nd||In situ technical imaging for art and archaeology||London||England||2010.07.15||Analysis|
|British Museum||Department of Scientific Research||Mellon Symposium||1st||The technical examination of Old Master drawings||London||England||2010.05.20||Analysis||Paper|
|British Museum||Department of Scientific Research||Mellon Symposium||3rd||Silver and gold: investigating metalpoint drawing||London||England||2015.09.25||Analysis||Paper|
|British Museum||Department of Scientific Research||Mellon Symposium||4th||Textiles from the Silk Road in museum collections: Scientific investigations and conservation challenges||London||England||2018.12.10||Analysis||Textiles|
|British Museum||Department of Scientific Research||Mellon Symposium||5th||A closer look at murals: Recent advances in the conservation and scientific investigation of wall paintings||London||England||2019.05.30||Analysis||Murals|
|Clyfford Still Museum Research Center||Getty Conservation Institute||Clyfford Still Museum Research Center Symposium||2nd||Abstract Expressionism: Time, intention, conservation, and meaning||Los Angeles,CA||USA||2015.11.12||Paintings||Philosophy|
|Doerner Institute||Akademie der Bildenden Künste München/Academy of Fine Arts Munich||Tempera painting between 1800 and 1950. Experiments and innovations from the Nazarene Movement to abstract art||Munich||Germany||2018.03.15||Paintings|
|China Cultural Connect||Royal Museums Greenwich||Heritage Conferences||4th||Asiatic traditional painting: Its history and conservation||Greenwich||England||2013.10.18||Paintings||Far Eastern art|
|National Gallery London||Rembrandt Now: Technical practice, conservation and research||London||England||2014.11.13||Paintings|
|Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie/Netherlands Institute for Art History||Symposium Restauratiegeschiedenis||the Hague||Netherlands||2010.02.18||History of conservation|