The Ackland’s conservation program is essential to its mission to “collect, preserve, and present great art to educate, inspire, and engage.” The Museum’s conservation program includes the preservation, documentation, and treatment of works of art. While interventive “restoration” treatments are often considered the most exciting aspect of conservation, preservation—protection through the control of temperature, humidity, lighting, storage, organization, and handling—is equally important because it prevents damage from occurring in the first place.
The Museum’s conservation facility is equipped for the full range of paper conservation treatments. Typical treatments include the repair of tears, reduction of stains and discolorations, consolidation of flaking paint, removal of deleterious mounts and tapes, as well as paper analysis, which can be useful in dating works of art. To see examples of completed treatments of works on paper, click here.
The Ackland contracts with outside conservation specialists for the treatment of paintings and sculpture. To see examples of completed painting treatments, click here.
For more on conservation at the Ackland Art Museum, please browse the following categories:
Also, check out “The Paper Docs” in the fall 2007 edition of Endeavors Magazine for a feature story about conservation at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.