In the Education section of the Portland Business Journal, Managing Editor Erik Siemers writes about a unique partnership being funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant from Mellon will create a lab dedicated to preserving and restoring valuable artwork for museums in the Pacific Northwest.
The Pacific Northwestern Consortium for the Science of Cultural Heritage Conservation at Portland State University will be led by PSU Associate Professor Tami Lasseter Clare. Lasseter Clare’s work has focused on blending arts and chemistry to save and restore fragile, valuable pieces from deterioration beyond repair.
Along with the Portland Art Museum, four other museums in the Pacific Northwest will benefit from the lab’s mission. The consortium includes the Seattle Art Museum, University of Washington Libraries, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon and Alaska State Museum.