In order to perform treatments, conservators require a strong grasp of materials and techniques used in producing the art. SAM conservators often work with artists, scientists and curators to analyze the art. Findings of some such studies at SAM can be viewed through the links on this web page.
Portland State University and SAM are collaborating on a project to monitor surface coatings of outdoor sculptures.
Associate Conservator Liz Brown, discusses the challenges of conserving the surfaces of sculptures at the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Explore four paintings from the Mexican Modernism exhibition through the eyes of a conservator. You'll have a new perspective on the paintings as well as how they are handled and prepared for display.
Explore the Deer Scroll interactive website, a virtual re-creation of a complete handscroll. Originally created in the early 17-century by two prominent Japanese artists, the handscroll was cut into two pieces in 1935.
Watch a video about the conservation project to reproduce Scenes from life of Gensei Shonin
Nicholas Dorman, from SAM's Conservation Studio, talks about restoring The Triumph of Valor Over Time—a painting from 1755–1760 by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.