Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation

Margaret A. Light Visiting Scholar, Chris Stavroudis

Last week, the Art Conservation program hosted Chris Stavroudis as the 2019 Margaret A. Light Visiting Scholar in Art Conservation. Mr. Stavroudis demonstrated a variety of techniques using his Modular Cleaning Program. The Modular Cleaning Program (MCP) is a systematic approach he developed to assist with cleaning artworks. The MCP consists of a series of concentrated stock solutions and a computer database which may be adapted for the creation of liquid, emulsified and gelled cleaning agents. The MCP workshop has offered in the US, Canada, The Netherlands, and Brazil. 

Mr. Stavroudis obtained undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Art History from the University of Arizona and his Master's degree in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur program in 1983. Mr. Stavroudis is a private conservator based in Los Angeles specializing in paintings. He has conserved works by many artists including a public conservation project on a Jackson Pollock piece at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. 

Posted on Wednesday July 17th, 2019.

Chris Stavroudis mixing chemicals

Mr. Stavroudis demonstrating the formulation of a cleaning agent. 

Bottles of chemical emulsions lined up in a lab

Cleaning agent components ready to be mixed. 

Art Conservation students measuring chemicals

Second year Art Conservation students working in the lab. 

Chris demonstrates to the Art Con Students

Students observing Mr. Stavroudis working with the cleaning agents. 

two art conservation students working in the lab

Second year Art Conservation students mixing chemicals. 

Art Conservation Students mixing chemicals

First year Art Conservation students attempting to create a cleaning emulsion. 

A group shot of Chris Stavroudis and Art Conservation Program

All Art Conservation students and faculty with Mr. Stavroudis