Bank of America grant to restore 13 Art Museum paintings from DuPont donation

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The Delaware Art Museum will receive a grant from the 2017 Bank of America Art Conservation Project to conserve 13 works of art by notable American painters, including the Wyeth family, Frank Schoonover, and Edward Loper.

“We are honored to receive this incredible support from Bank of America for such an important collection of works given to the Museum by DuPont,” said Sam Sweet, Executive Director and CEO at the Delaware Art Museum. “These restoration and conservation treatments will ensure that future generations will be able to learn from and enjoy these remarkable pieces that are tied to our local community.”

The collection was given to the Delaware Art Museum by DuPont Co., which displayed the works of art at the Hotel du Pont.

The hotel’s collection was formed over several decades to adorn the building’s public spaces and support local artists. DuPont also donated works of art to the Brandywine River Museum of Art and Hagley Museum & Library.

Elfreth’s Alley by Edward L. Loper
Courtesy of DuPont

The 13 works received by the Delaware Art Museum, which include oil paintings, watercolors, and a fabric-and-seashell assemblage, require cleaning, repair, and reframing.

Once the treatments are complete, the Delaware Art Museum will present the Hotel du Pont collection in a fall 2018 exhibit that celebrates the history of the pieces and the conservation process.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to help the Delaware Art Museum conserve these 13 historic pieces of art,” said Chip Rossi, Delaware market president at Bank of America. “These major paintings are local treasures and we’re excited to play a role in ensuring theywill remain in Delaware, on view, for generations to come.”

The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grant funding to nonprofit cultural institutions throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the Art Conservation Project began in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for more than 120 projects in 30 countries on six continents to conserve paintings, sculptures, archaeological and architectural pieces that are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art.

Twenty-one major art restoration projects across six countries and in 13 U.S. cities are receiving grant funding through the 2017 Bank of America Art Conservation Project.

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