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Two important portraits conserved thanks to grant

May 8, 2011


Thanks to a $3,000 2011 American Heritage Preservation Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Wright Museum of Art will be able to restore two paintings (pictured below) in its permanent collection.

The two nineteenth-century portraits, painted by Caroline van der Meulen Tank (wife of Green Bay railroad entrepreneur and Moravian missionary Niels Otto Tank), document Caroline's lineage in Holland before immigrating to Wisconsin. Following conservation, the paintings will be installed in the Wanda Hollensteiner Gallery for exhibition, and the treatment work will be highlighted in the museum's annual fall newsletter.

The conservation will take place at the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis, Minn., and should be ready for display in the Wright's Hollensteiner gallery by October .