EDUCATION:
2009                Master of Art Conservation, (MAC)
                        Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario

2001                Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
                        Pratt Institute for Fine Arts, Brooklyn New York

EXPERIENCE:

Employment -
2017                    Contract Paper Conservator
                            Intermuseum Conservation Association, Cleveland, Ohio

2017                    Contract Paper Conservator
                            Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska

2012-2016           Staff Paper Conservator
                            University of Hawaii Hamilton Library Preservation Lab, Honolulu, Hawaii

2009- Present     Owner and Operator
                            Irwin Paper Conservation

2011                    Contract Book Conservator

                            The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

2011                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            The Aleutiiq Museum, Kodiak, Alaska

2011                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            The Baranov Museum, Kodiak, Alaska

2011                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            The Pratt Museum, Homer, Alaska

2010 – 2011        Contract Paper Conservator

                            Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska

2010                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            Dorothy Page Museum, Wasilla, Alaska

2010                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, Kenai, Alaska

2010                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska

2010                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska

2010                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            Eagle Historical Society and Museum, Eagle, Alaska

2010                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            Clausen Memorial Museum, Petersburg, Alaska

2010                    Contract Paper Conservator

                            Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, Valdez, Alaska

2003 – 2006        Owner and Operator

                            The Otowi Photography Showroom and Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2002                    Studio Manager

                            Santa Fe Photographic Workshops©­, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Internships-
2009 – 2011    Book and Paper Conservation Internship
                        John’s Hopkins University Sheridan Library’s Preservation Department,
                        Baltimore, ML
                    

2008                Photographic Conservation Intern

                        
The Better Image© Photographic Conservation Practice
                        
Milford, New Jersey           

2006 – 2007    Book Conservation Intern
                        U
niversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
                        Maxwell Anthropology Museum
                        The Clark Field Archive and Anthropology Library

2002                Recipient of Paul Strand Archive Internship

                        
Aperture Foundation©, Millerton, New York

1999 – 2001    Studio Photographic Intern
                        
American Museum of Natural History, Photography Department,
                        Manhattan, New York

PUBLICATIONS:
Seth Irwin, 2016, A Clear Suction, An Easy and Cost Effective Method for Making a Transparent Suction Platen, American Institute for Conservation, Book and Paper Specialty Group 2016 Annual

Seth Irwin, 2016, The Adaption of the Video Slider into a 'Microscope Bridge' as a Practical Alternative for Using a Stereomicroscope to Examine and Treat Oversize Paper Artifacts,
American Institute for Conservation, Book and Paper Specialty Group 2016 Annual

Seth Irwin, 2012, Paper Conservation in the Far North: A Project Summary from Alaska, E-Conservation Magazine, Issue 25

Seth Irwin, 2011, A Comparison of the Use of Sodium Metabisulfite and Sodium Dithionite for Removing Rust Stains from Paper, American Institute for Conservation, Book and Paper Specialty Group 2011 Annual

Seth Irwin, Randy Silverman, 2009, Fire and Ice Revisited: A Comparison of Two Soot Removal Techniques for Books, International Preservation News, Number 49 International Federation of Library Associations 2010 Publication Co Authored with Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian Marriot Library University of Utah



PUBLIC LECTURES:
2015                Western Association of Art Conservators 2017 Annual Conference
                        University of Utah Marriott Library
                        Salt Lake City, Utah
                        'Looking Good at 150: The Treatment of the Alaska Treaty of Cession Documents for the Alaska Sesquicentennial'

2017                American Institute for Conservation 2017 Annual Meeting                       
                        Chicago, Illinois
                        Conservators in Private Practice Specialty Group
                        'A Close Look! An Introduction and Overview to Buying a Stereomicroscope for Conservators'

2016                American Institute for Conservation 2016 Annual Conference
                        Montreal, Canada
                        Book and Paper Specialty Group
                        'The Adaption of the Video Slider into a ‘Microscope Bridge’ as a Practical Alternative for
                        Using a Stereomicroscope to Examine and Treat Oversize Paper Artifacts
'


2016                American Institute for Conservation 2016 Annual Conference
                        Montreal, Canada
                        Book and Paper Specialty Group
                        'A Clear Suction.  An Easy and Cost Effective Method for Making a Transparent Suction Platen'

2015                Western Association of Art Conservators 2015 Annual Conference
                        Pacific Grove, California
                        'A Close Look: An Introduction and Overview to Buying a Stereomicroscope for Conservators'

2011    
            Western Association of Art Conservators 2011 Annual Conference
                        Austin, Texas
                      “A Comparison of the Use of Sodium Metabisulfite and Sodium Dithionite for Removing
                        Rust Stains from Paper”

2011                Western Association of Art Conservators 2011 Annual Conference
                        Austin, Texas
                        'Alaska, An Unexplored Paper History.  The Examination, Training, and Treatment
                        of the Paper Collections of
Twelve of Alaska's Historical Institutions.'

2011                American Institute for Conservation 2011 Annual Conference
                        Philadelphia, PA
                        
Book and Paper Specialty Group
                        
“A Comparison of the Use of Sodium Metabisulfite and Sodium Dithionite for Removing
                        Rust Stains from Paper”


2011                The Pratt Museum
                        Homer, Alaska

                        
"The Structure, Identification, and Degradation of Photographic Print Materials”

2011                The Pratt Museum
                        Homer, Alaska

                        
“Basic Handling of Paper Artifacts”


2010                Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center
                        Anchorage, Alaska

                        
“Basic Handling of Paper Artifacts”


2010 2010        Museum's Alaska Conference
                        Fairbanks, Alaska

                        
“Paper Conservation in Alaska”

2009 2009        Western Association of Art Conservators Annual Conference
                        Juneau, Alaska
                        “A Comparison of Two Soot Removal Techniques”


2009                American Institute for Conservation Annual Conference
                        Los Angeles, CA

                        Book and Paper Group; Library Conservation Care Collections Discussion Group
                        “A Comparison of Two Soot Removal Techniques”

2009
            The Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation
                        
Buffalo, NY

                        
“A Comparison of Two Soot Removal Techniques”

2009                Canadian Conservation Institute
                        
Ottawa, Canada
                        
“A Comparison of Two Soot Removal Techniques”

2009                The Alternative Process Symposium for Photo-Arts
                        
Santa Fe, New Mexico.

                        
“The Structure, Identification, and Degradation of Photographic Print Materials”


TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
2011    The Pratt Museum, Homer, Alaska
            Community workshop in making paper portfolio cases and dry cleaning of paper artifacts

2010    Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Anchorage Alaska

            Community workshop in picture framing techniques

2010    Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, Anchorage Alaska

            Museum’s Alaska Association sponsored workshop in methods of tear repair and surface
            cleaning


2010    Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska

            Public workshop in methods of flattening paper and methods of safely removing tape from
            paper


2010    Museum of the North, Fairbanks, Alaska (2010 Museum's Alaska Conference)

            Museum’s Alaska Association conference workshop in methods of repairing tears and
            conducting surface cleaning of paper.


2010    Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center, Kenai, Alaska
            Public workshop in basic handling of paper, tear repair, surface cleaning, and the construction
            of clamshell boxes