Dallas Museum of Art Receives $500,000 Grant to Expand Conservation Department

The Dallas Museum of Art received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, they announced yesterday. The monies will “support the newly created position of Chief Conservator, ensuring the launch of a strong conservation program at the Museum.” Mark Leonard, studied painting conservation at New York University, and worked in the Paintings Conservation Department at the Met; most recently he was Head of the Paintings Conservation Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Leonard will be tasked with building the Museum’s first paintings conservation studio at the DMA, expanding a department that had previously consisted of one staff member.

“The foundation of any successful museum conservation program includes rich, collaborative working relationships between curators and conservators,” commented Leonard. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues as we weave conservation into the daily fabric of the Dallas Museum of Art.”

Feature image from http://blogs.dallasobserver.com – Mark Leonard working.

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