The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center at New York University has announced a five-year, $1.375 million grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in support of the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation.
Launched as a pilot in 1989 and formalized in 1991, the program is focused on educating the next generation of Old Master conservators and supporting the conservation of and research on invaluable artworks in the dispersed Kress Collection. The grant will enable the program to hire assistant conservator and research scholar Shan Kuang and fund a Kress Fellow in Painting Conservation in memory of the late conservator Mario Modestini, add supplemental hands-on workshops, and launch an annual Kress Lecture series. The grant also will support the efforts of the Kress Collection Web Project to document, share, and archive its work to date, with the goal of disseminating and providing free access to technical scholarship with respect to paintings by Italian masters.
"As our graduates and hundreds of lovingly treated Kress paintings prove, the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation provides crucial hands-on experience and mentorship in the care and treatment of highly important European master paintings," said Margaret Holben Ellis, chair and Eugene Thaw Professor of Paper Conservation. "This award is an affirmation of what the Conservation Center does best."