Conservation Science Initiatives

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.

Dallas Museum of Art

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.

paintings conservation studio
Paintings Conservation Studio Photos Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art


First Series of DMA Painting Conservation Projects Now on View in the Dallas Museum of Art Collection Galleries

Understanding “Ultramarine Disease” with Dr. Ken Balkus, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Pigment and medium analysis of Paul Gauguin’s “Under the Pandanus” with  Dr. Amy Walker, Associate Professor, Department of Material Science & Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

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.

The Kodak Dye Transfer Process — How Eliot Porter Captured Color, with Jie Zheng, PhD  Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics