Open House: Garman Art Conservation

On Friday October 28 from, 4-7pm, an in-person Open House will be held at the Garman Art Conservation department at Buffalo State (in Rockwell Hall #230). This is the first time since the pandemic began that the public has been invited to attend this event, which offers up an inside look into the world of professional art conservation.

Attendees will get a chance to learn about the state-of-the-art conservation efforts underway by graduate students and faculty, as well as the academic process, while touring the science labs. The labs will be open on the second and third floors with artwork (paintings, objects, and paper) on display, demonstrations, and conservation treatments in progress.

Buffalo State’s Art Conservation open house.

“Our professors and students do amazing work every day,” said Professor Patrick Ravines, Director of the program. “I love having the opportunity to share that work with the public and we are excited to be able to open our doors again after the pandemic. You’d be surprised to see the transformation once a piece of art has been stabilized and conserved and we plan to have many examples of this kind of work on display.”

“A wide range of artwork will be on view for our Open House with faculty and students giving demonstrations on conservation treatment throughout the evening,” said Meredeth Lavelle, Program Manager. “Conservation is a very visual field and we have missed being able to present our work to the public during the pandemic and are happy to be back in person for this event.”

Artwork planned to be on display:

A diorama from Tuskegee University’s Legacy Museum originally created for the 1940 Negro Exposition in ChicagoA seventeenth-century Peruvian oil on copper painting “Christ Child with Instruments of the Passion”. This piece is on loan from the Thoma Foundation specifically for treatment and technical analysis.Two other paintings from the nineteenth and seventeenth centuries, “Family Gathering” by Jacob Spoel and “Dutch Cavalier” by an unknown artist, respectively, were previously damaged and will require extensive treatments.

Buffalo State is now the only college or university in North America to offer a dual graduate degree in conservation. 

2022 has been an exciting year for the art conservation department, as it recently added a newly approved master of arts/master of science dual degree program to its roster. This is especially significant for Buffalo State in that it is now the only college or university in North America to offer a dual graduate degree in conservation. 

Art appreciators in all capacities are invited to attend, as well as potential program applicants.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hours will be 4-7pm on Friday, October 28, 2022.

Please call (716) 878-5025 for more information, or visit

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