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Discussion on scientific approach to art restoration at NOVA-Manassas


The community is invited to hear Dr. Nicholas C. Barbi discuss the value of noninvasive elemental analysis of works of art. Barbi’s presentation will include a demonstration of ELIO, a specialized X-ray machine that can find unseen information in artwork.

The discussion will start at noon on Nov. 7 in Colgan Theater at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (10950 Campus Drive, Manassas 20109).

Barbi is the North American distributor for an Italian company that makes X-ray instrumentation specifically targeted to the analysis of artwork. During his demonstrations to museum conservators and scientists, Barbi noticed that several of his X-ray scans produced what he calls “collateral art” and he will be displaying some of this artwork in Colgan Gallery at the Manassas Campus from Nov. 7 to 30.

Barbi earned a doctorate in materials science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he became enamored with the emerging and complementary technologies of scanning electron microscopy and X-ray spectroscopy. During a long and rewarding career, he founded or co-founded several small companies involved with manufacturing instruments and doing consulting work. He is the lead inventor on several worldwide patents on devices to detect electron and light emissions in scanning electron microscopes.

The discussion and art exhibit are free and open to the public. To learn more, contact Art Professor Barbara Lash at blash@nvcc.edu.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.