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UMI Art Conservation Project

University Museums Interns Art Conservation Project

Each of the works in Grasping at the Ephemeral: Explorations on Change from the Permanent Collection are in need of conservation. Have a favorite piece? Please use the social media hashtags to cast your vote! The object that receives the most votes will be professionally conserved and exhibited in our Print Study Gallery upon its return. Check out the hashtags for each of the pieces.

Want to help make this important conservation work a reality? Make a gift to the The Fralin’s Art Stewardship Fund which supports the care and conservation of works in our collection. Click here and choose the Art Conservation option. Be sure to share your support and the hashtag, via social media – yours and ours – and challenge a friend to match your support! Depending on how much we raise, we may be able to conserve all of the identified works in the exhibition.

While some treatments are extensive, others may be as simple as repairing a frame or doing a light cleaning. Gifts of all sizes help us to meet our goals as caretakers of these extraordinary objects.

Cast your vote and thank you for your support! #fralinmuseumuva


Royal Mukenga (or Mwaash aMbooy) Mask

Unknown Congolese
Kuba Peoples, Democratic Republic of Congo
Beads, raffia, wood, cloth, and cowrie shells
Gift of Robert Navin, 2010.12



Basket, early 20th century
Unknown Native American
Tlingit artist, Alaska
Spruce roots, native grass, fern stems, and vegetal dye
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Lane, 1981.95.11



Thames Police from the ‘Thames Set’, 1859
James McNeill Whistler, American, 1834–1903
Etching and drypoint, third state
Gift of John Barton Payne, 1920.2.74



Ariadne and Theseus, 1965
Benton Murdoch Spruance, American, 1904–1967
Color lithograph
Gift of Sylvia B. Warner, 2001.1.1
© Estate of Benton Spruance



Sunset over Musashino, ca. 1920
Unknown Japanese
Japanese, Taisho Period (1912–1926)
Two-panel screen with color on mica or silver leaf ground with damask border and walnut molding
Gift of Charles L. Vincent, 1999.11.4