The partnership between Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago enables in-depth study of historic paints and materials used by well-known artists.

News and Announcements

Innovating Materials Science for Art’s Sake

Launched in Spring 2016, Dr. Marc Walton’s course on the “Materiality of Art and Archaeology” brought together an interdisciplinary group of students in both Art History and Materials Science to work with and assess objects in the Block Museum collection.

Feb 22, 2017

Materiality in Art

“Materiality of Art and Archaeology: An Introduction to Archaeological Science and Technical Art History” offered in Spring 2016 at Northwestern University brought together an interdisciplinary group of students in both Art History and Materials Science to work with and assess objects in the Block Museum collection.

Oct 14, 2016

Tuscan Sculptors

Observations and studies of masterpieces of Tuscan sculptors: The David of Michelangelo and the Triptych by Tino di Camaino. A lecture by Professor Marco Giamello at the Art Institute of Chicago, Fri., Oct. 30, 10:30am to 12:00pm, room 328, Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL.

Oct 21, 2015

Science Cafe

Who knew there was so much to blue? Presentation at the Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Wed., March 18, 2015, 6:30 to 8:00pm

Mar 11, 2015

The Chemistry of Alchemy

Marc Walton recreates a 15th-century alchemical recipe.

Feb 27, 2015

Métal à ciel ouvert / Open air metal

At Galerie vivienne, Paris, on December 4th-5th.

Dec 2, 2014

Things That Travelled: Mediterranean Glass in the First Millennium AD

At University College London, November 28th and 29th.

Dec 2, 2014

A Technical Study of Bronze Sculptures

Lecture at Smart Museum of Art, Wednesday, November 19th.

Nov 11, 2014

Who Knew There Was so Much to Blue?

Scientist studies blue’s invention and reinvention throughout history.

Nov 4, 2014

Marc Walton to Deliver Talk at the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival

NU-ACCESS Senior Scientist, Marc Walton, will present a talk on blue at the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival - "Journeys" - to take place September 25 - October 9, 2014.

May 4, 2014

New Partnerships with Guggenheim, New York, and Smart Museum at the University of Chicago

Through the NU-ACCESS external research program, new partnerships have been established with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago.

Jan 16, 2014

Marc Walton Appointed NU-ACCESS Senior Scientist

Marc Walton Joins NU-ACCESS as the Inaugural Senior Scientist.

Jul 25, 2013

Grant Expands Art Conservation Partnership

NU-ACCESS has received a $2.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, expanding an innovative partnership between Northwestern and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jan 31, 2013

Art + Science

Professors create technology to colorize archival photograph of Matisse masterpiece.

Oct 1, 2010

New Technology Visualizes How Matisse Changed “Bathers”

Aggelos Katsaggelos and Sotirios Tsaftaris collaborated with the Art Institute of Chicago on colorizing an old black and white photograph of a Matisse painting.

Jul 12, 2010

Art and Engineering

Art and engineering research at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Nov 1, 2009

Solving The Mysteries of Art Through Science

Art and science are often depicted as polar opposites, but the truth is that these areas of study are far more connected than might be imagined.

Aug 31, 2009

A Lost Picasso? Uncovering Old Secrets to Identify Modern Sculptures

How do you tell when, where and how a Picasso or a Matisse sculpture was cast? Could bronze sculptures have their very own DNA?

Aug 27, 2009

Why Is Red Paint Red?

Students explore the intersection of science and art.

Mar 1, 2007

The Art of Engineering

The Art Institute of Chicago and McCormick unravel the mysteries of art.

Mar 1, 2006

Northwestern Collaborates With Art Institute on Conservation Science

Northwestern has partnered with The Art Institute of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory on a long-term art conservation and scientific research program.

Nov 30, 2005

The Art Institute of Chicago and McCormick

A shared interest in conservation.

Mar 1, 2005

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