AuthorHilman, Paige M’Lynn
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractMuseum institutions can increase visitor engagement with their collection and programming using contribution-based activities. The activity proposed in this thesis uses 3D printed models of pottery to educate visitors about pottery conservation. Over the course of this thesis, I was able to provide conservation and preservation treatment to two pots from the Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Using my own experience and struggles as a Conservation Intern for the National Park Service, I identified the work that goes largely unnoticed by museum visitors and created a gallery activity that encourages visitors to engage with the conservation process. While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented formal testing of the educational impact of this model in-person, initial feedback from students during virtual class presentations was positive and indicated an increase in interest and understanding of pottery conservation. The 3D printed model is versatile and, using computer-aided design or CAD, the models can be customized to an institution’s pottery collection. As the long-term consequences of COVID-19 on the museum field are not certain, this model, while meant for in-person use, could be also further developed on a virtual platform.
Degree ProgramArt History