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Carol A. Grissom

Carol A. Grissom

Senior Objects Conservator

 

Phone: 301-238-1236
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: GrissomC [at] si.edu

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


Education

B.A. Wellesley College (1970)
M.A. Oberlin College (1974)

Research Specialties and Interests

Technical study and conservation treatment of plaster, stone, and metal artifacts, particularly sculpture

Recent Research Activities

Technical study of historical research into the zinc statuettes of the nineteenth-century Philadelphia gas fixture company, Cornelius & Baker                                                        

Past Research Activities

technical study and conservation treatment of ancient plaster statues from ‘Ain Ghazal, Jordan

Professional Activities

Book review editor for Studies in Conservation; member International Institute for Conservation, American Institute for Conservation, ICOM, and the DC Association for Preservation Technology

Awards, Honors and Special Recognitions

J. Paul Getty Paired Fellow for Research in Conservation and the History of Art and Archaeology for a project entitled “The influence of Berlin on outdoor zinc sculpture in northern Europe and the United States,” Center for Study of the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (April-July 2002)

Recent Publications

Zinc Sculpture in America: 1850 to 1950 (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009)

“Red Staining on Marble: Biological or Inorganic Origin?” (coauthored with Claire Gervais, Nicole C. Little, Genevieve Bieniosek, and Robert J. Speakman), APT Bulletin (forthcoming).

“Imitation-Bronze Paints on American Zinc Sculpture” (coauthored with Abigail Mack, Mel Wachowiak, and Genevieve Bieniosek), preprints for METALS 2010, Charleston, 2010 (forthcoming).

“The Zinc Statuettes of Cornelius and Baker,” Winterthur Portfolio, forthcoming.

 

Journal Articles

 Journal Article 130910 Grissom, Carol A., Vicenzi, Edward P., Livingston, Richard A., Aloiz, Emily, Little, Nicole C., Giaccai, Jennifer A. and Freedman, Willa Manganese in Black Crusts on Seneca Sandstone Microsc.Microanal. 2104

 Journal Article 115579 Grissom, Carol A., Grabow, Nicole, Smith Riley, Corey and Charola, A. Elena Evaluation of Coating Performance on Silver Exposed to Hydrogen Sulfide Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 2013 82 96 Maney Publishing

 Journal Article 113092 Grissom, Carol The Zinc Statuettes of Cornelius and Baker Winterthur Portfolio 2012 25 61

 Journal Article 113093 Grissom, Carol A. French bronzes: History, material and techniques of bronze sculpture in France (16th-18th C.) E-Conservation Magazine 2012 27 32 http://www.e-conservationline.com/content/view/1068/

 Journal Article 92393 Grissom, Carol A., Gervais, Claire, Little, Nicole C., Bieniosek, Genevieve and Speakman, Robert Jeff Red "Staining" on Marble: Chemical or Biological Origin Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology 2010 11 20 https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/11194

 Journal Article 92654 Gervais, Claire, Grissom, Carol A., Little, Nicole C. and Wachowiak, Melvin J. Cleaning Marble with Ammonium Citrate Studies in Conservation 2010 164 176

 Journal Article 55876 Grissom, Carol A. and Harvey, Ronald S. The conservation of American war memorials made of zinc Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 2003 21 38

 Journal Article 101762 Grissom, Carol A. Book review: Robert Barclay, André Bergeron, and Carle Dignard, with illustrations by Carl Schlichting, Mount-making for Museum Objects Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 2000 280 282

 Journal Article 55871 Grissom, Carol A., Charola, A. Elena and Wachowiak, Melvin J. Measuring Surface Roughness on Stone: Back to Basics Studies in Conservation 2000 73 84

 Journal Article 55873 Grissom, Carol A. Neolithic Statues from 'Ain Ghazal: Construction and Form American Journal of Archaeology 2000 25 45

 Journal Article 55874 Grissom, Carol A. Mount-making for Museum Objects by Robert Barclay, Andre Bergeron and Carle Dignard with illustrations by Carl Schlichting Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 2000 280 281

 Journal Article 130581 Grissom, Carol A. and Charola, A. E. Evaluation over time of an ethyl silicate consolidant applied to ancient lime plaster Studies in Conservation 1999 113 120

 Journal Article 56062 Grissom, Carol A., Charola, A. Elena, Boulton, Ann and Mecklenburg, Marion F. Evaluation Over Time of a Ethyl Silicate Consolidant Applied to Ancient Lime Plaster Studies in Conservation 1999 113 120

 Journal Article 56334 Lauffenburger, Julie A., Grissom, Carol A. and Charola, A. Elena Changes in Gloss of Marble Surfaces as a Result of Methylcellulose Poulticing Studies in Conservation 1992 155 164

Books

 Book, Whole 78101 Grissom, Carol A. Zinc Sculpture in America: 1850-1950 2009 706 University of Delaware Press Newark

 Book, Whole 55771 Williams, Donald C. and Grissom, Carol A. African American Treasures: A Preservation Guide 2007 Smithsonian Institution, NMAAHC Washington, DC

Book Chapters

 Book, Section 128118 Charola, A. E., Wachowiak, Melvin J., Webb, E. K., Grissom, Carol A., Vicenzi, Edward P., Chong, Wang, Szczepanowska, Hanna and DePriest, Paula T. Developing a Methodology to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Biocide 12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, Columbia University, New York, 2012 2014 1 10 ICOMOS-ISCS

 Book, Section 117502 Grissom, Carol A. and Griffin, Patricia S. Schmandt-Besserat, Denise Three Plaster Faces (Chapter 6.1) Symbols at 'Ain Ghazal,'Ain Ghazal Excavation Reports (vol. 3) 2013 181 211 Ex Oriente, Freie Universität Berlin

 Book, Section 117503 Grissom, Carol A. Schmandt-Besserat, Denise Statue Cache 2 (Chapter 7.1) Symbols at 'Ain Ghazal,'Ain Ghazal Excavation Reports, Vol. 3 2013 245 315 Ex Oriente, Freie Universität Berlin

 Book, Section 101049 Gervais, Claire, Grissom, Carol A., McNamara, Christopher, Konkol, Nick R. and Mitchell, Ralph Charola, A. E., McNamara, Christopher and Koestler, Robert J. Case Study: Red Staining on Marble Biocolonization of Stone: Control and Preventive Methods: Proceedings from the MCI Workshop Series 2011 87 90 Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press Washington, DC

 Book, Section 92835 Grissom, Carol A., Mack, Abigail, Wachowiak, Melvin J. and Bieniosek, Genevieve Mardikian, Paul, Chemello, Claudia, Watters, Christopher and Hull, Peter Imitation-Bronze Paints on American Zinc Sculpture Metal 2010: International Conference on Metal Conservation: Interim Meeting of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation Metal Working Group, October 11-15, 2010, Charleston, South Carolina, USA 2010 225 232 Clemson University Clemson

 Book, Section 55767 Grabow, Nicole, Smith, Corey, Grissom, Carol A. and Brostoff, Lynn B. Degrigny, Christian, van Langh, Robert, Joosten, Ineke and Ankersmit, Bart Effectiveness of organic coatings on silver exposed to hydrogen sulfide Metal 07: Proceedings of the ICOM-CC Metal Group 2007 44 50 James and James Amsterdam

 Book, Section 55875 Grissom, Carol A., Charola, A. Elena and Henriques, M. A. To paint or not to paint: a difficult decision Protection and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage of the Mediterranean Cities, Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Conservation of Monuments in the Mediterranean Basin 2002 585 592 AA Balkema Publishers Lisse, The Netherlands

 Book, Section 55872 Grissom, Carol A. Greene, Virginia and Johnson, Jessica S. Replication of Neolithic Plaster Statues: Insights into Construction and Form Objects Specialty Group Postprints, volume 7 2000 79 93 American Institute for Conservation Washington, DC

 Book, Section 56061 Grissom, Carol A. Delpont, Eric La conservation des statues neolithiques d'Ain Ghazal Jordanie sur les pas des archeologues 1997 39 45 Institut de Monde Arabe Paris

 Book, Section 56034 Charola, A. E., Grissom, Carol A., Erder, Evin, Wachowiak, Melvin J. and Oursler, Douglas Riederer, Josef Measuring Surface Roughness: Three Techniques Proceedings, 8th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone 1996 1421 1434 Berlin

 Book, Section 56174 Grissom, Carol A. Roy, Ashok and Smith, Perry Conservation of Neolithic Lime Plaster Statues from 'Ain Ghazal Archaeological Conservation and its Consequences: Preprints of the Contributions to the Copenhagen Congress, 26-30 August 1996 1996 70 75 International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works London

 Book, Section 56244 Grissom, Carol A. Scott, David A., Podany, Jerry and Considine, Brian B. The Conservation of Outdoor Zinc Sculpture Ancient and Historic Metals 1994 279 304 The Getty Conservation Institute Los Angeles

 Book, Section 56245 Grissom, Carol A. Charola, A. E. The Deterioration and Treatment of Volcanic Stone: A Review of the Literature Lavas and Volcanic Tuffs 1994 3 29 ICCROM Rome

 Book, Section 56354 Gleason, Margaret A., Kronthal, Lisa A., Beaubien, Harriet F., Grissom, Carol A. and Williams, Donald C. Treatment of the House of Representatives' Mace: An Object in Use Abstracts of papers presented at the 20th Annual Meeting, Buffalo, New York, 1992 1992 67 75 American Institute for Conservation Washington, DC

 Book, Section 56355 Gleason, Margaret A., Kronthal, Lisa A., Beaubien, Harriet F., Grissom, Carol A. and Williams, Donald C. Conservation of an Object in Use: The Treatment of the House of Representatives' Mace Abstracts of papers presented at the 20th Annual Meeting, Buffalo, New York, 1992 1992 65 American Institute for Conservation Washington, DC

 Book, Section 56656 Grissom, Carol A. Charola, A. E. The Deterioration and Treatment of Volcanic Stone: A Review of the Literature Lavas and Volcanic Tuffs: Preprints of the Contributions to the International Meeting, Easter Island, Chile 1991 103 122

 Book, Section 56792 Grissom, Carol A., Power, T. and West, S. Methyl cellulose poultice cleaning of a large marble sculpture Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, Torun, Poland 1988 551 562

 Book, Section 59380 Grissom, Carol A. Feller, Robert L. Green Earth Artists' Pigments: A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics 1986 141 167 National Gallery of Art Washington, DC

Online Publications

 Web Page 59779 Grissom, Carol A. and Schmandt-Besserat, Denise (editor) Cache Two (in Symbols at 'Ain Ghazal, 'Ain Ghazal Reports, Volume I 1999