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Wright Museum of Art receives $10,000 grant, provides community workshop

Monday, June 18, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

The Wright Museum of Art has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the assessment of its collection of oil paintings. Two senior painting conservators, David Marquis and Joan Gorman from the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis, Minn., will conduct the review on campus from July 16 through July 20.

The Wright Museum exhibits and cares for over 350 paintings including works by Camille Bombois, John Colt, José Guerrero, George Inness and Theodore Robinson among others.

“We have a substantial collection of American Impressionists and Tonalists that so many people don’t even know about,” said Museum Director Joy Beckman.

During the conservators’ visit, they will hold a painting conservation workshop at the Vision Beloit Center on Tuesday, July 17 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. to highlight the basics of painting deterioration and preventative care in an effort to assist the community with caring for family heirlooms and artwork.

Those interested in attending the workshop should contact the Wright Museum at (608) 363-2677 or

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