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Queen's University

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Associate Professor
(613)533 6000 x74339

Research Interests

Painting Conservation, Artists' Materials and Painting Techniques, Materials used by Early Painters in Canada, Canadian War Artists and the History and Use of Artists' Tools and Paintboxes.


Barbara Klempan has extensive experience in working as a painting conservator at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa (1979-83) and as head of painting conservation at the Library and Archives Canada (1983-1994). She taught painting conservation at Queen's University (1990-91) and at the University of Canberra, Australia (1994-98). She joined the faculty of the Art Conservation Program at Queen's in 2002. Her current research work includes the study of artists' materials and technique and importation and distribution of artists' materials into North America. She recently undertook a research fellowship at Winterthur, USA to further investigate her current area of research.

Recent Publications


A Technical and Scientific Study of two Paintboxes Belonging to Canadian Artist A.Y. Jackson


Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation. Vol. 34, pp. 29-38. Barbara Klempan (a), Marie-Claude Corbeil (b), Jennifer Poulin (b) and Philip Cook (b), 2009


Early Manufacture of Artists’ Materials in Canada: A History of Canadian Art Laboratory

Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation. Vol. 37, pp. 41-51. (Published in 2013)


Teaching Art Conservation in a World of Emerging Technologies


in Zbiory biblioteczne, muzealne i archiwalne - badania i konserwacja. Materiały z konferencji zorganizowanej przez Zakład Konserwacji Papieru i Skóry UMK, Toruń, 2-4 października 2008 roku, ed. Elżbieta Jabłońska, 2010


Technical Examination and Conservation Treatment of A View of Gibraltar


Lost and Found: Wright of Derby's View of Gibraltar, Exhibition Catalogue, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, pp. 40 – 48, 2011

Courses taught

ARTC 801 - Conservation Principles
ARTC 821 - History, Technology and Conservation of Paintings I
ARTC 822 - History, Technology and Conservation of Paintings II
ARTC 823 - History, Technology, and Conservation of Contemporary Art
ARTC 824 - Technical Examination of Paintings
ARTC 861 - Paintings Conservation Practice I
ARTC 862 - Paintings Conservation Practice II
ARTC 863 - Paintings Conservation Practice III
ARTC 864 - Paintings Conservation Practice IV

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000