New Exhibition Celebrates 50 Years Of Art Conservation And Collaboration

The Buffalo History Museum has opened a new exhibit in collaboration with Buffalo State College’s Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department. The exhibition, Fifty Years of Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Art in Western New York, displays many of the Museum’s objects that have undergone conservation treatment. The exhibit is part of a broader community celebration for the 50th year of the conservation program.

“The mission of the Garman Art Conservation Department is and always has been to educate future generations of conservators to carry on with the goal of preserving the wide range of objects that comprise cultural heritage and art,” said Patrick Ravines, Associate Professor and art conservation Program Director. “In Buffalo we have been able to accomplish this by collaborating with our colleagues at The Buffalo History Museum to conserve the wide range of their collections and make them accessible to the public, researchers, students, and scholars. It has been a pleasure to work hand in hand with all of our colleagues at the Museum.”

“Art conservation is a great example of the marriage of scientific knowledge and artist skill,” said Senior Director of Museum Collections, Walter Mayer. “The students in the program, with supervision of faculty, gain practical skills in their field while preforming conservation treatments to artifacts we impart to their care,” Mayer explained. “I have always been impressed by the knowledge of the department’s faculty in their field and the caliber and dedication of the students accepted into the
program.”

The Museum began its association with the program in the early 1970s while the program was in Cooperstown, affiliated with The New York Historical Association and SUNY Oneonta. Since the department’s relocation in 1987 to Buffalo State College, the partnership strengthened with a total of 160 artifacts of the Museum’s collection conserved in the past 50 years with the program. Of the artifacts conserved, the exhibit features over 40 artifacts including a child’s sofa, a Larkin Company
desk, a Civil War surgeon’s kit, a helmet, shield, and mace from Central Asia, numerous paintings, and more.

Admission to the Museum and this exhibition is free through the end of December 2020. Information on our COVID-19 safety protocols are available on our website. For more information or to preregister your museum visit, find us online at buffalohistory.org. Members of the Museum can also schedule private Beyond the Label tours of the exhibit by contacting Angelica Rodriguez, membership  and events coordinator, at (716) 873-9644 ext. 344 or at arodriguez@buffalohistory.org.  Information on becoming a member is available on our website.

About the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department

Founded in 1970, Buffalo State’s Art Conservation Department is one of the leading programs of its kind in North America. Accepting only ten students a year, the competitive three-year graduate program trains conservators of fine art and material cultural heritage. Graduates can be found in the conservation labs of major institutions across the United States, including the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

About The Buffalo History Museum

The Buffalo History Museum has been Western New York’s premier historical organization since 1862. We are the keepers of the authentic stories that make our community unique. Our collections, exhibits, and programs tell the stories of the people, events, and movements that demonstrate Western New York’s essential place in shaping American history. The Buffalo History Museum is a private not-for-profit organization tax exempt under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We receive operating support from the County of Erie, the City of Buffalo, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from donors, members, and friends. The Buffalo History Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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