The Dallas Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art are currently working with the University of Texas at Dallas on a new partnership focused on conservation science projects. This partnership provides the museums with an opportunity to collaborate with scientists and utilize analytical equipment available at UT Dallas to undertake long-term research projects that focus on new techniques and technologies in science for the study of artists’ materials.
The Dallas Museum of Art open its new Paintings Conservation Studio in November 2013, as part of the Museum’s initiative to establish a comprehensive conservation program. The conservation program at the DMA is led by Chief Conservator Mark Leonard and will be supported by the newly appointed Associate Conservator of Objects, Fran Baas.
The Paintings Conservation Studio features state-of-the-art technology—including a digital x-ray system—and will serve as a center for study and treatment of works of art as well as research into cutting-edge conservation methodologies. The Studio is adjoined by a public exhibition gallery, which will highlight the works of art on view with a conservation perspective.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is home to the only museum conservation studio in North Texas specializing in the preservation of Photographs and works of art on paper. It is staffed by Sylvie Pénichon, Conservator of Photographs, and Jodie Utter, Conservator of Works on Paper, as well as a post-graduate fellow, currently Tatiana Cole, Photograph Conservator.
The 1200-square-foot conservation studio is fully furnished with fundamental analytical and imaging instruments, along with advanced equipment for the specialized treatment of photographs and works on paper. It allows conservators to perform thorough examination, documentation, and treatment of works of art, as well as conduct preliminary testing of materials used by artists, conservators, and other museum personnel.