Galveston Arts Center will present its third event in the five-part series Conversations at The Center at 2 p.m. Saturday at 2127 Strand St.

Guest speaker will be art conservator Robert Proctor, of Whitten and Proctor, a Houston-based fine art conservation company. Admission is free.

The informal lecture series provides insight into the artistic process and engages audiences in dialogue about visual art. The series features artists and other arts professionals who speak about their work and discuss timely issues in contemporary art. The theme for the 2017 series, Intersections: Art, Science and Technology, aims to highlight the synergistic link between creative and scientific ideas, and explore some of the ways professional and artistic practices exist at the intersections of these fields.

After studying Art History at Tulane University, and taking coursework in Organic Chemistry, Proctor earned his MFA from Buffalo State College in Art Conservation. Proctor and his wife, Jill Whitten, started Whitten and Proctor in 1998 in Houston where they have held close ties with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Museum of Natural Science, and a host of galleries, private collectors and institutions.

Their practice examines and treats art and artifacts in order to repair or stabilize physical problems using a combined knowledge of chemistry, technology and art. Proctor specializes in reweaving tears, varnishes and the investigation of adhesives. They have both taught workshops and lectured both in the U.S. and internationally for graduate students, colleges, and larger museums and institutions.

Robert Proctor will give a slide presentation about conservation science and technology, and his experiences as an art conservator. Audience questions and discussion will follow.

The two remaining Conversations at The Center events will be April 26 featuring Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator Emerita of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and May 25 featuring Houston-based artists, Adela Andea and Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola.

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