The grant to endow the Grainger Fund for Conservation will enable the museum to attract and retain talent in its conservation program and serve as a training ground for emerging talent in the fields of conservation and conservation science. Led by Frank Zuccari, the Grainger Executive Director of Conservation, the department serves the museum’s collections in two major areas — objects and paintings — and operates specialized studios for the treatment of works on paper, photographs, books and other printed material, textiles, and frames. Founded with a single conservator nearly sixty years ago, the department now includes specialists across all media who work to authenticate, identify, preserve, research, and store the museum's collection, as well as conservation scientists who focus on materials research.
"The Art Institute is known for a particular brand of research that depends on close collaboration between curators, conservators, and conservation scientists," said Art Institute president and Eloise W. Martin Director Douglas Druick, who is retiring. "We are immensely grateful to the Grainger Foundation for fueling that work, as well as supporting the all-important preservation and stewardship of our collections."