Caring for Art

While the Museum strives to enhance the size and quality of our collection, another equally important task is caring for more than 20,000 art objects we already own. Read along to learn the many ways we conserve and protect our priceless works of art.

Art Matters: New Gallery, New Ideas

Art Matters: New Gallery, New Ideas

July 8, 2014

Numerous technological changes have occurred since the 1990s, and the world of art conservation is no different! Over the years, art conservationists have kept up with innovative products and solutions, constantly adapting to keep collections safe and looking their best.

Art Matters: A Changing “Target”

April 1, 2014

Since its arrival on the grounds of the Museum, John Scott’s Target has enlivened the environment with its bright colors and fanciful shapes. In its position by the auditorium entrance, it naturally attracts viewers; however, the sculpture has faded over

From Paper Trails to Digital Delivery

From Paper Trails to Digital Delivery

August 6, 2013

by Suzanne Voce Stephens, Collections Database Administrator In the “old days” of Museum Registration, we used to type colorcoded cards to cross-reference our collection records—white cards for object records, pink for donors, green for loans, yellow for media. We started moving away from that in

Protecting Our Material Assets

March 26, 2012

Some of the most fragile objects in the Museum collection are made of fabric. Our textiles range from delicate silk brocades to hardy raffia piles, collected from all over the world, and ranging in date from 1100 AD to today.

Family Photos Damaged in Tornadoes Can Possibly Be Saved

January 27, 2012

For those affected by the recent tornadoes, whose family photographs are now wet, salvaging them may be possible.  We’re providing a link to the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, Massachusetts, and their guidelines for how to rescue photographs, with specific

Keeping the Collection “Young”

December 12, 2011

Have you ever visited the Museum and wondered how a 500-year-old work of art could look so good? That’s easy—it’s all about proper care. The Museum provides a multi-faceted approach to caring for the art. In the previous article we

Keeping Our Cool

September 21, 2011

What is a museum? One dictionary definition states that a museum is a place where important things are preserved. The museum staff enthusiastically embraces that definition and constantly strives to preserve the art that is entrusted to us. One critical

Caring for the Collection: Outdoor Sculpture

March 11, 2011

Caring for the collection is one of the primary responsibilities of the Museum staff. In addition to careful maintenance of the works of art inside the museum building, we also adhere to a strict conservation program for the works of