Painting of Mountain stream with trees

Attributed to Henry Arthur Elkins, title unknown, 19th century, oil paint on canvas, 51 ½ x 37 ½ inches, Purchase, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 69.387.01, Photos courtesy of Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Art

Vase in fragments with color stripe for light meter

Unidentified artist, Boeotian, Amphora, c. 700 BCE, ceramic, 12 x 6 dia. inches, Gift to the University of Colorado Classics Department, Transfer, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Transfer, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2006.36, Photos courtesy of Judy Greenfield, Art Objects Conservation

Close up of red patterned textile

Unidentified artist, Coptic, untitled, 7th century, wool and silk, 6 ½ x 27 inches, Anonymous gift, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 2012.06.04, © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

We are committed to long-term collections care and regularly undertake conservation of our permanent collection, working with a variety of different conservators who adhere to the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Conservation of our objects is designed to be as true to the original object and its context as possible; this often means not restoring an object to its original condition in order to preserve the object’s research potential for our faculty, staff and students.

Recent conservation projects include paintings and works on paper for our 2014 American West exhibition, plus ceramics and textile conservation in our Ancient and Classical Collection.