Art History & Art Conservation

Department of Art History & Art Conservation
Portrait of Alison Murray

Alison Murray

Associate Professor, Conservation Science
(613) 533 6000 x74338

Research Interests

Conservation science and application of materials science and chemistry to historic and artistic objects, modern materials, acrylic paints and grounds, and archaeological material.


Alison Murray is conducting a research program for characterizing and conserving modern materials, including acrylic paints and grounds; this research integrates information from mechanical testing data, chemical analysis, and surface analysis. The goal is to quantify changes resulting from the cleaning process, ageing, and environmental conditions. She is also interested in the identification and conservation of other artistic and historic works, including archeological objects. For these different projects, she has worked with students from a variety of disciplines including conservation, conservation science, art history, the sciences and engineering.

Recent Publications

"Delamination of Oil Paints on Acrylic Grounds," Materials Research Society Meeting, Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology VIII, Symposium 
Maor, Y. and A. Murray, Proceedings Volume 1047, Materials Society (MRS) Fall Meeting, Boston, November 2007 (Warrendale, PA: MRS, 2008) 1047-Y04-01 (ten pages),
"Factors Affecting the Mechanical Properties of Modern Paints
Modern Paints Uncovered, May 16-19, 2006 (Los Angeles; Getty Publications) 227-235, 2007

"Morphological Changes and Rates of Leaching of Water-Soluble Material from Artists' Acrylic Paint Films during Aqueous Immersions
Ploeger, R., A. Murray, S. Hesp, and D. Scalarone, Modern Paints Uncovered, May 16-19, 2006 (Los Angeles; Getty Publications) 201-207, 2007

Courses Taught

ARTC 802- Properties of Materials
ARTC 804 - Scientific Methods for the Conservator
ARTC 808 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis
ARTC 898 - Research Project