In cooperation with the Dallas Musuem of Art, Francesca Casadio, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation scientist at the Art Institute of Chicago, talks about "Productive Affinities: Successful Collaborations Between Museums and Academia at the Interface of Science and Art".
Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago in July 2003 to establish and direct a state of the art conservation science laboratory. As the Museum’s first A.W Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist she is in charge of planning and carrying out scientific research in support of the preservation and study of the Museum’s collection. Dr. Casadio has also established and co-directs a research and education collaborative program in conservation science with Northwestern University that brings to bear techniques and cutting-edge scientific expertise available at the University to problems of interest to the museum community. Francesca Casadio received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy.
In 2006 Dr. Casadio was awarded the L’Oréal Art and Science of Color Silver Prize for distinguished contribution to the creative meeting of science and art through color with her collaborative research with Professor Richard P. Van Duyne of Northwestern University. Her work has been featured on air, online and in print on: reuters online media, US National Public radio, The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Italy’s il Corriere della sera, il Sole 24 ore, Vogue Italia, radio rai, and other media.