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MITRA - Materials Information and Technical Resources for Artists
NAMTA encourages its members, along with visitors to NAMTA.org, to take a look into a great new resource.
The Department of Art Conservation at the University of Delaware is an honored participant of MITRA online initiative which includes educational resources in addition to an interactive forum that will provide independent information on art materials. It is hoped that the site will serve as a guide for artists who are interested in learning about best practices as well as up-to-date scientific research on contemporary art materials and artistic techniques. Specific brands and products may be mentioned on the site, and forum relating to questions, however, no specific brands will be promoted. Any brands mentioned in the site’s resources are meant to serve as comparative examples. MITRA discusses general conservation topics such as guidance about contacting trained professionals and general tips regarding exhibition, storage, transportation, and handling, but will not recommend or describe restoration materials or techniques. The forum is first and foremost dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, up-to-date, accurate, and unbiased information about artists’ materials. MITRA is headed by Assistant Professor, conservator, and art materials expert, Brian Baade, and paintings conservator Dr. Kristin DeGhetaldi. Additionally, MITRA’s online forum is overseen by the Moderating Board, comprised of established experts in the fields of art materials, art conservation, and materials science. Finally, specific companies have generously offered to provide MITRA with technical experts should there be questions relating to specific products.