Delaware Art Museum will receive a grant from the 2017 Bank of America Art Conservation Project to conserve 13 works of art by notable American painters, including the Wyeth family, Frank Schoonover and Edward Loper.
The collection was given to the Delaware Art Museum by the DuPont Corp., which displayed the works of art at the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington. The hotel's collection was formed over several decades to adorn the building's public spaces and support local artists. DuPont also donated works of art to the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Hagley Museum and Library. The 13 works received by the Delaware Art Museum, which include oil paintings, watercolors and a fabric-and-seashell assemblage, require cleaning, repair and reframing to restore each piece. Once the treatments are complete, the Delaware Art Museum will present the Hotel du Pont collection in a fall 2018 exhibit that celebrates the history of the pieces and the conservation process.
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grant funding to nonprofit cultural institutions throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration.
For full descriptions of the 2017 nationwide projects and to view images of the artwork, visit bit.ly/2B5p27v.
For more on the Delaware Art Museum, visit delart.org.