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Antonino Cosentino

Antonino Cosentino has been instrumental in updating and expanding Pigments through the Ages, and has welcomed the opportunity to amplify the exhibit with information about his passion: the scientific examination of art. A physicist specializing in conservation science, Antonio is currently a visiting scholar at the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Archaeology and Architecture, University of California, San Diego. There, he is the project scientist for a high-tech investigation to reveal a lost mural, The Battle of Anghiari, painted by Leonardo da Vinci on a wall of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. (See 60 Minutes"The Lost Leonardo.") He is also appointed professor at the University of Calabria, Italy and as a conservation scientist, he has carried out art examination on prestigious works of art ranging from Caravaggio to Warhol for a variety of European and American museums, such as the Tate Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum, using well-established multispectral imaging and analytical methods as well as cutting-edge technologies. See also his web site.

Thaneeya McArdle

For this exhibit, Thaneeya McArdle lifted the veil on artistic pigment techniques with her demonstrations on creating watercolor, acrylic, and pastel paintings. Thaneeya is an artist and a writer, finding inspiration in both visual and verbal forms of communication. Her artwork hangs in private collections around the world, and can also be found on a variety of merchandise, such as T-shirts and stickers. Through her Art is Fun web site, Thaneeya teaches art and art-making to tens of thousands of web visitors each month. She is also an avid traveler and enjoys spending part of each year exploring unfamiliar locations in different parts of the world.

Ursula Andrejczuk

Spurred by a move from her native Poland to New Mexico, Ursula Andrejczuk transformed her avocation for painting into a career in 2005. Self-taught in drawing, Ursula was inspired by the Old Masters and studied painting with Leah Lopez, Leonid Gervitz and Gregg Kreutz. Her recent move to the United Kingdom ignited an appreciation for cool, delicate North light, and was a breath of fresh air for her realistic style and approach to still life and potraiture. Ursula contributed the demonstration on oil painting for the exhibit. See Ursula’s web site.

Diane Savino

Diane Savino, MFA, is an independent curator and artist who says she is "transformed by traveling to places of the memory and the soul." Using egg tempera, Diane’s art references her personal journey. As a disabled artist, her work was selected for an exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her pieces reside in public and private collections around the world. Diane contributed the exhibit’s page on egg tempera.

Juraj Lipscher

Juraj Lipscher developed the exhibit’s initial information and was instrumental in its launch. He is professor of chemistry at Kantonsschule Baden, Switzerland, and has extensively published and lectured on pigments and analyses of paintings. Juraj’s interdisciplinary courses and projects on Chemistry and Art have won several international prizes. His photographic exhibitions have been held in Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic, and the U.S.

Firman Maulana, Web Site Developer

Firman Maulana is passionate about web development, and provided the HTML/CSS implementation for the site so that visitors using a wide range of browsers can enjoy the exhibit, easily print pages, quickly zoom into images, and enjoy its multimedia elements. Firman is also an avid photographer who enjoys surrealist poetry and its ability to tap into the subconscious and portray the world more clearly. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Michael Douma, Curator

In this and other WebExhibits, Michael Douma combines his passion for helping people learn with his expertise in bridging the gap between people and technology. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA), where he has overseen the development of a variety of information systems that use technology to facilitate and broaden the learning process.

Sally E. Smith, Editor

Sally Smith is the Communications Director for IDEA, which curates this exhibit. With a career arc that reflects her strong commitment to accessibility and advocacy, Sally devoted 15 years to the non-profit sector in the legislative offices of the ACLU and the LIFE Lobby, and as the executive director NAAFA. From there, she pursued her passion for writing, serving as editor-in-chief for national consumer health, advocacy, and women’s fashion magazines.