Collection Care: A Conversation with the Midwest Art Conservation Center

July 25, 2020
11:00 am (CDT)

Join conservators from the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) for a live online conversation about what goes on behind the scenes in their art conservation labs. The discussion will highlight the Kemper Art Museum’s ongoing partnership with MACC to evaluate the condition of the permanent collection and conserve artworks in need of repair.

Through a look at a range of conservation treatments, MAAC conservators will offer perspectives on how their field continues to evolve and will share their key considerations when developing a conservation plan. Artworks that will be discussed include William Merritt Chase’s Garden of the Orphanage, Haarlem, Holland (1883), Ludwig Meidner’s double-sided painting Selbstbildnis (Self-Portrait) (1912) / Untitled (c. 1909), the Hermonax Painter’s Nolan amphora (475–465 BCE), and Henry Moore’s concrete sculpture Reclining Figure (1933).

Panelists Megan Emery, MACC’s chief conservator and senior objects conservator, and Kristy Jeffcoat, MACC’s senior paintings conservator, will be joined by moderator Kim Broker, the Kemper Art Museum’s associate registrar.


Midwest Art Conservation Center

The Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) is a nonprofit regional art conservation center located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more than forty years MACC has served hundreds of government entities, museums, historical societies, libraries, archives, and artists with the conservation and restoration of their important cultural assets. MACC conservators carry out treatments, examinations, and condition assessments of cultural materials including sculpture, murals, paintings, photographs, works on paper, ethnographic and archaeological artifacts, and artistic and historic textiles. MACC conservators also provide education and training services, scientific analysis, consultations, preservation assistance, and services such as disaster preparedness and recovery.

Megan Emery, Chief Conservator and Senior Objects Conservator

Megan Emery joined MACC in 2013, coming from the Cincinnati Art Museum where she was responsible for the care and preservation of all three-dimensional objects. Emery has extensive experience with ethnographic and archaeological materials, ceramics, lacquer, plasters, and the conservation of large-scale contemporary sculpture. She holds a Master of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation specializing in objects from the State University College of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Emery is a fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, Objects Specialty Group and Electronic Media. She is also a member of the International Institute for Conservation.

Kristy Jeffcoat, Senior Paintings Conservator

Kristy Jeffcoat joined MACC in 2014. She has extensive experience in the care and preservation of paintings and painted surfaces, including canvas paintings, panel paintings, wall murals, and painted sculpture, as well as preventive conservation. Prior to joining MACC, she worked at West Lake Conservators in Skaneateles, NY; the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts in Denver, CO; and the Denver Art Museum. She interned at the Field Museum in Chicago and was a Kress Fellow at the Denver Art Museum. She holds a Master of Art Conservation with a specialty in paintings and painted surfaces from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario; a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Art Conservation from Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy; and Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in art history from Louisiana State University. Jeffcoat is a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, Paintings Specialty Group.

Image credit

Ludwig Meidner (German, 1884–1966), Selbstbildnist (Self-Portrait), 1912 / Untitled, c. 1906. Oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 23 11/16". Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney M. Shoenberg Jr., 1963.