$175: Alliance Members

$175: International Attendees

$275: Non-Members

Registration includes access to all sessions and workshops, program materials and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Transportation and lodging are not included in registration.

Registration is now closed.

Please contact Greg Stevens with questions about attending this program.


In collaboration with the Alliance Preparation, Art Handling and Collections Care Information Network (PACCIN)

Sponsored in part by:
ARTEX Fine Art Services
Fine Art Shipping
Methods & Materials, Inc.
Talas Conservation Supplies
True Vue



Phone: 866-226-2150

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Preparators Conference 2013

Sept. 20–21
Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
Mt. Carroll, Ill.

Learn from experts who will share strategies for handling, storing and displaying objects, addressing safety and risk-related issues, packing and crating techniques and applying design and shipping standards. Attendees will review exhibition and installation planning, display design and fabrication, large object rigging, proper use of materials and storage techniques. The program will explore environmental monitoring and the challenges of working in and for historic estates.

Attendees will be presented with lectures, poster sessions and visual workshops regarding best practices in collections care management and technical knowledge for preparation staff in museums and the commercial industry. Attendees will have ample opportunity to learn from and network with other colleagues during Q & A open forums, meal/break times and two scheduled evening events.

Who Should Attend

This conference is intended to bring together collections care professionals from the museum and commercial sector working as preparators, art/artifact handlers or specialized technicians, mountmakers, exhibition designers/fabricators, lighting and cabinet specialists, storage managers or similar positions. Conference presentations, poster sessions and visual workshops will focus on the responsibilities of preparators, the technical aspects of this role and the relationship to other collections care colleagues such as conservators, registrars, curators, collections managers, directors, artists and collectors.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Build or gain knowledge, skills and abilities related to handling, storing and displaying objects
  • Apply knowledge of the latest management and technical information that impacts preparation staff in the museum industry
  • Explore problem-solving techniques to address various object-handling and display situations
  • Promote best practices in collection care management for preparators

Presenters (subject to change)

  • Antonio Addari, managing director, ARTERIA, Rome, Italy
  • Geoff Browne, senior project manager, Terry Down, Inc., Chicago
  • Sophie Dubois Hunter, independent conservation technician, Washington, D.C.
  • Dustin Gilmore, manager of operations, ArtWorks, San Diego
  • Julia Latané, head preparator, Autry National Center, Los Angeles
  • Roger Machin, director of field operations, Methods and Materials Fine Art/Artifact Rigging and Installation, Chicago
  • Ann Marshall, principal, Annex Design Services, Woodland Hills, Calif.
  • T. Ashley McGrew, principal, Art and Object, San Bruno, Calif.
  • Michael Mitchell, lead preparator, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • John Molini, manager, art packing, Art Institute of Chicago
  • Brent Powell, senior project manager, National Museum of Health and Medicine relocation at Walter Reed Army Base, Washington D.C. (Artex Fine Arts Services); PACCIN chair
  • Patricia (Patty) Silence, conservator of museum exhibitions and historic interiors, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Va.

Agenda (subject to change)

Friday, Sept. 20

8 a.m. Breakfast and networking
8:30 a.m.
Program welcome and overview
8:45 a.m.
Professional Training & OSHA Programming
9:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Challenges of Historic Estates (TBD)
12:15 p.m.
Panel discussion with morning speakers
12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Exhibition & Installation Planning
2:30 p.m.
Display Design & Fabrication
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m. TBD
5 p.m.
Panel discussion with afternoon speakers
5:15 p.m.
Poster Sessions (printed 2-dimensional posters with projects of interest, materials testing)
6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21

7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Overview of the day
8:30 a.m.
Rotating Workshops 1
  • Packing & Crating Systems
  • Rigging
  • Materials & Storage
10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. Rotating Workshops 2
  • Packing & Crating Systems
  • Rigging
  • Materials & Storage
1 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m.
Rotating Workshops 3
  • Packing & Crating Systems
  • Rigging
  • Materials & Storage
4 p.m.
4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
6 p.m. Dinner

For more program-related information, please contact Greg Stevens.

About the Campbell Center

The Campbell Center is located in Mount Carroll, Ill., in rural northwest Illinois, centrally located among many large Midwest cities. The Campbell Center offers professional development coursework in collections care, historic preservation and conservation. Over the past 29 years, The Campbell Center has developed the reputation for being one of the top international destinations for collections care training.

Travel and Accommodations

Information on getting to the Campbell Center is available on their website

A limited number of dormitory-style rooms (private room with shared bath) is available on the Campbell Center campus. As of Sept. 5, dorm-style rooms at Campbell Center are sold out.

Other accommodations are located in the nearby area.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. The Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.