Samuel H. Kress Foundation Supports NYU Kress Program in Paintings Conservation
The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center at NYU has been awarded a $1,375,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support the longstanding Kress Program in Paintings Conservation, inaugurated in 1989. The award sustains the unique partnership between the two organizations, which serves to educate the next generation of Old Master painting conservators and the conservation and research of invaluable artworks in the dispersed Kress Collection.
The new five-year grant cycle of the Kress Program in Paintings Conservation will expand to include Assistant Conservator and Research Scholar Shan Kuang; a Kress Fellow in Painting Conservation; a graduate student fellowship in memory of the late conservator Mario Modestini; supplemental hands-on workshops; an annual Kress Lecture; and the development of the Kress Collection Web Project. The latter will document, share, and archive the work of the program to date, with the goal of disseminating and providing free access to technical scholarship on paintings from all Italian Schools.
Based on the ongoing critical needs of many Kress paintings, combined with the resources available at the Conservation Center, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation began supporting the paintings program with a grant in 1991 that formalized the pilot program established under the direction of Research Professor Dianne Dwyer Modestini...