Please join the “Reformulating BEVA™ 371 Seminar on 30 May at 9:15 am ET (GTM: 13:15) 

This seminar will include discussions on the development of Beva 371, what makes the ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer a unique lining adhesive for paintings on canvas, and how the currently available Beva 371, which replaced the original in commercial production about 15 years ago, differs from the original copolymer’s performance. Speakers will introduce new formulations being developed jointly with conservators and scientists (referred to as the “Akron formulations”), which are designed to emulate the performance of the original lining adhesive first used in 1970. The Akron formulations have approximately the same low-temperature setting attributes as the original Beva 371. In addition to presenting work on developing viscous solutions and solvent-free films, we will be discussing other innovations in making the Akron formulation more sustainable. This project is a collaboration between the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and the University of Akron’s Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Engineering program. This project is indebted to the cooperation of CPC and CTS, current suppliers of Beva 371 to the US and EU, who we hope to continue working with to disseminate this material to the conservation community. It has been generously supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Conserving Canvas initiative. 

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