Others: Why I Support CHI

 Charles Walbridge

“CHI and their cultural heritage collaborators are at the cutting edge of these digital technologies so I don't have to be.” More…


 Ana Nieves

“When you give to CHI, you support the power and reach of RTI.” More…

 Adam Rabinowitz

“When you support CHI, you support the preservation of our human past and guarantee it will have a future.” More…



 Jean Elliott

“When you give to CHI, you are enabling thousands of people to play a direct role in the stewardship of cultural heritage.” More…


 Prof. Graeme Earl, University of Southampton, UK

“The CHI team works at the nexus of cultural conservation, scientific imaging, and data archiving. I see their efforts as key to the future of cultural heritage collections.” More…


 Dale Kronkright, Head of Conservation, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

“When you make a gift to CHI, you are helping small institutions like mine thrive in the digital age and truly advance the preservation of our collections into the 21st century.” More…




Rita Albertson: Why I Support CHI

Rita Albertson: Why I Support CHI

I am Chief Conservator at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, specializing in painting.

My experience with Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) dates from 2006 when their team worked with our museum staff on the design of a prototype lighting dome for imaging precious art objects.

Since then, CHI has led training classes with our museum staff on how to apply Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), a technology that has provided us with an innovative and practical solution that traditional photographic techniques could not offer.

RTI has fundamentally changed the way we document the surface texture of works of art at our museum. The practice of RTI has helped us resolve issues of attribution, dating, method of manufacture, and state of preservation on works of art, such as a stone-carved ancient Assyrian relief, a Paul Revere engraved silver cup, and a wax seal on the reverse of a 14th-century Italian panel painting.

CHI has made major contributions to the field of artistic and historic preservation, and I am grateful for their unwavering commitment to this effort over the years.

When you give to CHI, you support essential tools and practices that deeply improve the way we study cultural materials. Please help CHI so they can continue their great work!

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