Lithography for Conservators and Museum Professionals: Hands-On Stone and Plate Lithography

fullsizerenderFebruary 22-24, 2017
Burning Bones Press and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
**Open to conservators and museum professionals**

With financial support from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

Lithography is a complex, chemical printmaking process that requires first-hand experience to fully grasp the technique and potential artistic applications. Conservators and museum professionals are often responsible for the technical identification of prints without having hands-on printmaking experience themselves. This workshop introduces participants to various lithographic processes and techniques commonly utilized by artists and studios, both historically and up to this day.

The workshop consists primarily of hands-on printing activities at Burning Bones Press but will also include lectures, group discussions and examination of prints in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) collection. A comprehensive resource binder will be assembled by the participants throughout the workshop from a combination of lecture slides, notes, printing materials (plates and prints), and other useful references. This will allow participants to walk away with a strong understanding of the technique and have invaluable resources at their fingertips.

This three-day intensive workshop is geared towards both emerging and established conservation and curatorial professionals, especially those who work regularly with lithographic prints.

Workshop Cost: AIC Members – $400; Non-AIC Members – $550
Class size: 6-12

Box lunches are included with registration. Please email Christina Taylor ( with special lunch requirements or with any questions.


Course Outline:
Day 1, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (@MFAH + BBP):

9am-12pm: @MFAH, Lithography lectures and examination of lithographs in MFAH collection
1:30-4:30pm: @BBP, Intro to stone lithography demonstration and exercise

Day 2, Thursday, February 23, 2017 (@BBP):

9am-4:30pm: Stone lithography printing; intro to plate lithography and printing
5-8pm: Barbecue Get-Together @ Burning Bones

Day 3, Friday, February 24, 2017 (@BBP):

9am-4:30pm: Intro to photo plate lithography and printing; assembly of reference binder; wrap-up

Materials Needed:
All necessary materials will be provided.


Christopher Wallace is a professional printmaker and artist in Houston, TX. He divides is a studio art instructor at both the Glassell School of Art and the University of Houston. He received his MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas and his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been shown nationally and internationally.

Christina Taylor is a paper conservator, currently working at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has previously held positions at the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She received her MA in Paper Conservation from SUNY Buffalo State and her BFA in Printmaking from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

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