NOW LIVE!!! Public Art Emergency

Updated: Aug 10, 2020


Webinar Description

In a natural or man-made community disaster, art in public spaces is often at risk. This presentation highlights various types of emergencies and gives strategies for creating your own Public Art Emergency Preparedness Plan. The first half is a presentation by RLA Conservation of Art & Architecture is on some of the most common emergency situations and their effect on art collections, including tips on how to prepare and care for works, as well as conservation examples. The second half is an interactive format to get individuals thinking about how best to create an emergency preparedness plan and will involve a multi-part exercise that allows attendees to begin to develop an actionable plan for tackling an issue they're having in their organization.


CEO and Chief Conservator of Rosa Lowinger and Associates, Inc. have over 30 years of experience as a conservator of sculpture, contemporary art, and historic buildings. She holds an M.A. in art history and conservation from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, the American Academy in Rome, and the International Center for Conservation in Rome (ICCROM). Rosa's long and varied career has included fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania's archaeological museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and field conservator positions for the joint University of Pennsylvania-Tel Aviv University Expedition to the Coastal Plain of Israel. She was the founder of the Los Angeles firm Sculpture Conservation Studio and served as its director of conservation from 1988-2008. Rosa lectures frequently on public art and conservation of modern finishes. A lively public speaker on topics for the general public, she was a featured speaker at the 2018 Miami Beach Art Deco weekend and the 2016 AIA meeting in Havana, Cuba. She co-curated 2013 exhibits Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium at the Coral Gables Museum, and Promising Paradise: Cuban Allure, American Seduction at the Wolfsonian in 2016, and is the author of articles in Preservation, ArtNews, the Cuban Art News,, and is most well known for the 2006 non-fiction book Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub.


Principal Conservator and Professional Associate of the AIC, holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation with a concentration in Materials Conservation from Columbia University.  A specialist in architectural and public art conservation, Christina is RLA's lead professional for all projects west of the Mississippi River, including Hawaii and Alaska. She is a specialist in modern architectural materials, such as linoleum and synthetic finishes, outdoor sculpture planning, treatment, and surveys, as well as large-scale mosaics conservation and architecture surveys, testing, and specification development. Prior to joining RLA, Christina worked with the Central Park Conservancy in New York City and with Jablonski Building Conservation (JBC). She is a certified Cathedral Stone Jahn® Mortar installer, operator of aerial and scissor lifts, and OSHA 30-hr certified for the construction industry.


Principal Conservator and Professional Associate of the AIC, holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the joint Clemson University/ College of Charleston program. Kelly leads all major RLA projects east of the Mississippi River and in the Caribbean. She has been lead site conservator for RLA's investigative work at the Miami Marine Stadium, funded by a Getty Foundation Keeping it Modern Grant. She has worked on several public art collections throughout the state of Florida including Broward County and the Cities of Miami Beach, Coral Gables, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Jacksonville. Kelly is an experienced Ibix® Systems operator and has lectured on its use at the Restauro Art Fair in Ferrara, Italy. Prior to joining RLA, she worked at Kreilick Conservation, LLC, on such prominent projects such as the Merchants' Exchange Building in Philadelphia, the weathervane at Independence Hall, and the Jeanne D'Arc Memorial at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC. She is a certified Cathedral Stone Jahn® Mortar installer and is OSHA 10-hr certified.

The mission of FAPAP is dedicated to the development, advocacy, promotion, and education of the public art field in the State of Florida, as well as to promote national best practices in the administration of public art programs.

Florida Association of Public Art Professionals

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