Learn about preserving your art collection! Delaware Contemporary board member Hugh Phibbs has studied and worked in paper preservation for almost four decades as a commercial framer in Washington, DC and in the Conservation Division of the National Gallery of Art. While at the Gallery, he developed hinge-free support systems and sealed enclosure packages. He has given preservation workshops for notable institutions such as the Smithsonian, the American Institute of Conservation, the Professional Picture Framers Association, the conservation programs at Winterthur, the Institut National du Patromoine, Paris, and a number of museums and libraries including: The Louvre, The Hermitage, The British Library, The Getty, The Metropolitan and MoMA in New York, and The Library of Congress.
Since retiring from the Gallery, he has continued developing and testing housing designs, while teaching and writing for Picture Framing Magazine. He has also served as a consultant to Tru Vue, a division of Viracon and assists Crescent Cardboard Corporation. Hugh Phibbs received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an MFA in painting from The University of Michigan.