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Training session, 21MP Grant

Careful data capture at training sponsored by the 21MP grant


CHI Press Release
August 10, 2011
Local Non-Profit Trains World-Class Museums on Cutting-Edge Imaging Technology for 21st-Century Art and Artifact Conservation
Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), a San Francisco-based nonprofit, is offering free training in high-tech imaging to local and national museum professionals at a series of workshops throughout the US. Museum staff use the imaging techniques to create beautiful, high resolution, interactive media that reveal never-before-seen surface details and enhance research efforts and public education programs.

Blog: de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
May 2, 2011
Cutting Edge Photography Technique Comes to the de Young!
Sue Grinols, Director of Photo Services and Imaging at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, posted a blog about the advantages she and the Museums' conservation staff found in using RTI. “We clearly proved that this technology is a valuable tool for conservators.”

Newsgram: Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Issue 4, April 2011
Reflectance Transformation Imaging Training at the Conservation Center (PDF)
In March 2011, the Conservation Center at NYU hosted a four-day intensive workshop in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) led by Carla Schroer, Mark Mudge, and Marlin Lum of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI).

Electrum Magazine
December 22, 2010
Cultural Heritage Imaging: Digital Pioneers in Archaeological Preservation
Article by Patrick Hunt
This article by the distinguished archaeologist describes how digital technology in photography has unlocked entirely new imaging possibilities for archaeological recording, virtual archaeology, and subtle metadata.

CHI Press Release
October 26, 2010
National Science Foundation Awards Grant to Princeton University and Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI)
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $550,000 to the Princeton University Department of Computer Science, with Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, acting as sub-grantee. The team will work on a project entitled “Automated Documentation and Illustration of Material Culture through the Collaborative Algorithmic Rendering Engine (CARE).” See also:

CHI Press Release
October 15, 2010
Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
A grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will enable Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) to conduct an outreach and training program, sharing important new imaging technologies with art conservation students, museum professionals, and others who care for items of cultural, artistic, and historic heritage. CHI will conduct training sessions in Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) for members of the Association of North American Graduate Programs in the Conservation of Cultural Property, as well as at four museum sites across the country. See also:

CHI Press Release
December 7, 2009
Samuel H. Kress Foundation Awards Grant to Bay Area Nonprofit Helping Museums
In February, 2009, Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The grant funds a pilot project that allows CHI to work with staff at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) to evaluate how innovative multimedia techniques and content could help museums with digital conservation projects. See also:

CHI Press Release
March 24, 2009
National Park Service Preservation Center Awards Grant to Bay Area Nonprofit
In February, 2009, Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), in collaboration with its partner organizations, was awarded a grant by the NCPTT to fund the development of a training program for three-dimensional (3D) digital rock art documentation and preservation. This project was completed in June 2010. See also: