Matting and Framing Works of Art on Paper (Level 2)

This hands-on class focuses on practices used to mat and frame works of art on paper. With an emphasis on methods and materials and hands-on practice, participants will learn everything from basic 4-ply storage mats to elaborate deep bevel mats. Permanent yet reversible and non-permanent means of attaching artwork to mats as well as framing criteria for works on paper will be covered. The role that media and support play in the decision-making process will be discussed throughout the class. Students will leave with examples from each of the exercises that will serve as a visual glossary of the various approaches to matting works on paper.

At the request of previous participants, this class has been expanded to five days. Given the hands-on intensive nature of this course, the course size is limited to eight participants so register early!

Course Dates

July 15-19, 2024 (CONFIRMED TO RUN - 1 SPOT LEFT)

Course Fee


Early Registration



Christine Conniff-O’Shea

About the Instructor

Christine Conniff-O’Shea graduated with a BA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She furthered her studies at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico and The Smithsonian Institute’s American Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. Christine recently retired from her position as the Associate Conservator for Preparation and Framing in the Department of Paper Conservation at the Art Institute of Chicago, a position she has held for over 35 years. She was responsible for the preparation of all works on paper for exhibition, loan, and storage.

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