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Emergency and Natural Disaster Recovery Resources for Artists

Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston to aid residents in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 27, 2017. Texas Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West

Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston to aid residents in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 27, 2017. Texas Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West  The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Obviously in any emergency or natural disaster, such as the devastating flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in the Houston area and Hurricane Irma in Florida, the first priority is the life and safety of yourself and those around you. As the water recedes, however, and people are able to return to their homes and studios, there will be a lot of damaged artwork to assess, and quick actions needed in order to salvage them. Below are a list of resources that provide useful guidelines for rescuing artwork in these types of situations:

Simple Emergency Salvage Techniques for Your Artwork
Cerf+
https://cerfplus.org/simple-emergency-techniques-for-your-artwork/

Safety information, recovery resources and emergency relief for artists
Cerf+
https://cerfplus.org/news/cerf-response-tropical-storm-harvey/

Dealing with Wet Contemporary Paintings: Tips for Artists—Mold and Paintings
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2012/11/09/dealing-with-wet-contemporary-paintings-tips-for-artists-mold-and-paintings/

Salvage at a Glance
Western Association for Art Conservation
http://cool.conservation-us.org/waac/wn/wn19/wn19-2/wn19-207.html

Is Your Artwork Wet Or Damaged? Here’s What To Do:
New Orleans Conservation Guild
http://www.art-restoration.com/damage.htm

Emergency Treatment of Water-Damaged Paintings on Canvas
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1439925170474

Emergency Response and Salvage Mobile App
American Institute of Conservation
http://www.conservation-us.org/emergencies/ers-app#.WahATj6GNEZ

And if you need professional help with the cleaning, repair, or the salvage recovery of your artwork, we recommend the interactive Find a Conservator page maintained by the American Institute of Conservation:

Find a Conservator
American Institute of Conservation
http://www.conservation-us.org/

And finally, we are certainly here to help as best we can, so please do not hesitate to contact us at help@goldenpaints.com or by phone, 800-959-6543 / 607-847-6154. 

 

 

 

 

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