On the final day of its London Congress, IIC named the Lunder Conservation Center as the winner of the prestigious Keck Award for 2008. The Center, jointly administered by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington is the first art conservation facility in the USA that allows visitors to the museums permanent, behind-the-scenes views of crucial preservation work. Five conservation labs are visible through floor-to-ceiling glass walls, which allow the public to see all aspects of conservation work that traditionally takes place out of view at other museums and conservation centers. The 10,200-square-foot Center includes laboratories and studios equipped to treat paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, folk art objects, decorative arts and frames.
Presenting the award, IIC President, Jerry Podany, congratulated the Center on its ground-breaking achievement in making the work of conservation so accessible to the public and pointed out how well its, mission coincidentally fitted with the theme of the congress, Conservation and Access. Accepting the award In London on behalf of the two museums, Julie Heath, Center Coordinator, presented an illustrated account of the Center and recounted its success since opening in 2006, in terms both of visitor numbers and their overwhelmingly positive response.
Read more about the Lunder Center's Keck Awards here http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/dwrc_keck.htm