Art Lunch: Kent Severson – Restoring Cultural Heritage Sites Damaged by War

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 in
January 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Hawaii State Art Museum
250 S Hotel St
Honolulu,HI 96813
Susan Hogan(808) 586-9958E-mail

In 2008 a grant from the US Embassy in Baghdad established the Iraqi Institute for Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (IICAH) in the northern city of Erbil. Since then, teams of international specialists have provided conservation and preservation training to participants from Iraq’s State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, provincial antiquities departments and university faculty and staff. Destruction brought by ISIS since 2014 has shifted the focus of the program to heritage recovery. Kent Severson will report on his participation in IICAH training, both before and after ISIS, including recent work in training a team for recovery of sculpture fragments from the ancient site of Nimrud.

Kent Severson is the Conservator at Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where he is responsible for overseeing the care and preservation of Shangri La’s collection of Islamic art. He is a graduate of the NYU conservation training program and was formerly in private practice, in Boston, Massachusetts. He has participated in active archaeological excavations in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt. In 2010, 2011, and 2016-2017 he was a Visiting Instructor for the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq. Severson is a fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.
Art Lunch is a free monthly art lecture series at the Hawaii State Art Museum, held on the last Tuesday of the month. Bring your own lunch (or buy one at Artizen cafe!) and feed your creativity!

First floor Multipurpose Room, No. 1 Capitol District Building. Parking across the street in the Ali’i Place building (entrance at 1099 Alakea St., cash only), metered parking at ‘Iolani Palace, or metered street parking. Several TheBus lines stop either in front of or close to the building.