January 12, 2018
Doylestown, PA–The James A. Michener Art Museum, a cultural institution in Doylestown, PA, dedicated to collecting, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, recently received a Bank of America Art Conservation Project Grant. The grant will be used to conserve a mural by Henriette Wyeth, an artist of historical significance whose work will be featured in the exhibition Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective, which opens at the Michener Art Museum on January 21, 2018. The conservation project will be completed in partnership with curators from the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico and Jill Whitten of Whitten and Proctor Fine Art Conservation in Houston, Texas.
The long-lost mural was discovered in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in the course of research for the 2018 retrospective of the artist’s work. Archival documentation revealed this mural had been installed in the Wyeth family home from the time it was completed until the early 1970s, at which point it was shipped to New Mexico and subsequently lost. Years of storage in Chadds Ford led to extensive mold damage, and the canvas dried to the point of instability. Because of the painting’s importance, the Michener sought the assistance of the Bank of America Arts Conservation Program to preserve this significant work by a member of one of America’s leading artistic families of the 20th century.
Since the Art Conservation Project began in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for more than 120 projects in 30 countries on six continents to conserve paintings, sculptures, and archaeological pieces that are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art.
“The Art Conservation Project is a major part of our commitment to provide pathways to greater cultural understanding and contribute to healthy economies around the globe,” said Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive, Bank of America. “On one level, the wide-ranging selection of artistic treasures we have helped to conserve over the past seven years expresses our appreciation of the diverse heritage of our 200,000 employees, and how that rich history benefits our company and clients. It also reflects Bank of America’s belief that, ultimately, these treasures belong to us all.”
The Art Conservation Project is a key element of Bank of America’s program of arts support worldwide, and part of the company’s environmental, social and governance program. The support Bank of America provides for the arts is global in scope and diverse, spanning both the visual and performing arts. The program includes loans of its private art collection to museums at no cost, sponsorships, and grants to arts organizations for arts education, as well as the preservation of cultural treasures. For more information, please visit the Art Conservation Project website.
For more information about the Michener’s involvement in the Wyeth mural conservation project, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org.
About the Michener Art Museum
The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers a diverse selection of art classes for children and adults as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
About Bank of America
At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at about.bankofamerica.com, and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News. Visit the Bank of America newsroom for more Bank of America news.