Conserving an Important Legacy


Bank of America has an outstanding conservation grant aimed at keeping iconic artworks looking their best. The Newark Museum was the most recent institution awarded the grant. Which American work is getting its makeover?

“We are honored and delighted to receive this generous grant and are most grateful for the ongoing support from our partner Bank of America,” said Newark Museum Director and CEO Steven Kern after receiving the latest Bank of American Art Conservation Project grant. Launched in 2010, the project has provided grants to museums in 20 countries, supporting more than 100 conservation projects. Among the artworks conserved under the grant have been Thomas Gainsborough’s “Blue Boy,” a Claude Monet painting at the Kimbell Art Museum, and three paintings at the Dalí Museum in Tampa, Florida.

This year’s grant was awarded for the Newark Museum’s project to conserve a brilliant 1871 oil painting, “The Arch of Titus,” by George Peter Alexander, Frederic Edwin Church, and Jervis McEntee. Work will begin on the piece in February and will be completed by May. The painting will then go on display at the Newark Museum through October before being shown within an exhibition by the Detroit Institute of Arts titled “Frederic Church: To Jerusalem and Back,” opening October 22, 2017 and running through January 4, 2018.

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