Art Conservation

Doing Our Part: Preserving the Art

It is a key part of the High’s mission to not only exhibit and interpret the artworks in our collection but also to responsibly provide for their preservation. By doing so, we ensure that the paintings, sculpture, furniture, and other objects in our care are still around to inspire, educate, and delight future generations of visitors.

In 2021, the High received a grant from Atlanta-based The Sara Giles Moore Foundation to complete a comprehensive review of the condition of our collections and to support treatment for select works. Sara Moore (1921–2003) was a dedicated supporter and trustee of the High. This grant and the resulting project celebrate her foundation’s generosity and commitment to the continuing success of the Museum.

The High’s curators are working with conservators from the Atlanta Art Conservation Center and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center to evaluate the condition of over 19,000 artworks for preservation concerns. The team will also repair, clean, and otherwise treat a select number of works so they can be exhibited safely and appropriately.

This project will highlight this fascinating and seldom-seen side of museum work and how we all—from curators and conservators to you as a visitor—can share the experience of preserving our art.

Learn more about the Atlanta Art Conservation Center.