We are very excited to share an initiative that the Department of Paintings is undertaking. As curators, part of our role is to present artworks to the public in the best possible manner. The restoration and conservation of the paintings and frames in our collection is an ever-present concern. In a recent assessment of the paintings collection, we have identified a number of artworks that require assistance. We’ve developed the “Adopt-A-Painting” program as a way for our supporters to participate in the process of restoration.
On this site, you’ll find the candidates up for “adoption”. By happy accident, we have representatives for nearly every taste – from Northern Renaissance to Folk Art.
As part of the adoption process, you’ll receive the following:
As a valued supporter of our curatorial department and Mia, we thank you in advance for your consideration.
Thank you for your commitment to this museum!
Midwest Art Conservation Center
Chief Conservator David Marquis
Little Crow, Henry H. Cross (United States, North America), 1863, before and after restoration:
Little Crow, Henry H. Cross (United States, North America), 1863
Oil on canvas
The Julia B. Bigelow Fund, 71.48
This is a very easy process! Once you have chosen which painting you would like to adopt, the hard part is over!
You don’t have to adopt a work all on your own, either! You and friends, family, or other interested parties, can jointly adopt a work. Just let us know!
Here is the step-by-step process of the Adopt-a-Painting Program:
That’s it! Pretty painless!
If you have questions, please email or call the department and we’ll be happy to