Roland H. Cunningham

Senior Paintings Conservator



Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746


B.A. New York University (1962)
Additional studies: New York University, Insitute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center

Research Specialties and Interests

  • Inorganic characterization of paints, pigments and archaeological materials
  • Technical studies of artists' materials and techniques on canvas, panel paintings, and polychromed wood sculpture


Recent Publications

Alden, H.A., Cunningham, R.H., Ryan, K., Jantzen, P.T. and Dobbins, D.R. 2005. Objects Worthy of Notice: Microscopical Anatomy of Selected Plants Collected by The Lewis & Clark Expedition. Microscopy Today, 13(3): 8-17.

Chemello, C.G., Brostoff, L.B., Cunningham, R.H. and Beaubien, H.F. 2005. Characterization of metal corrosion products from Kaman-Kalehoyuk Turkey by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and x-ray diffraction (XRD): Part 1. Five copper alloy fibulae. In: Kaman-Kalehoyuk 14, Anatolian Archaeological Studies XIV. pp.211-222.

Dussubieux, Laure, Naedel, Dan, Cunningham, Roland, Alden, Harry and Ballard, Mary W. 2005. Accuracy, precision and investigation: mordant analysis on antique textiles by various methods. In: Preprints of the 14th Triennial Meeting ICOM Committee for Conservation, The Hague, 12-16 September 2005, Volume 2. pp.898-903.