Art Conservation and Painting Restoration Interview Article and Update


Scott M. Haskins, Art Conservator and Author

This website’s been dragging a bit as far as posting new articles, information etc for which I’m sorry. But the update and big news (as of the date of this blog post) is a collaboration upcoming, I think, fairly soon with BYU’s Harold B Lee Library’s art conservation labs to share and do public out reach. Rare books cnservator Chris McAfee and I have been discussing for what seems forever about getting more info “out there” about the valient conservation and restoration efforts that the LDS Church does. We foresee some very interesting articles, stories, videos etc.

I was recently asked, “You’ve done a lot of work for the Church over the years. How have attitudes about art evolved within the Church?”

“I can’t say regarding the development and evlotion of the contemporary art market or policies. But I have seen a positive evolution in the importance that the Church gives to its “art collection,” the oversight and care it strives for with its historic sites and art assets and the commitment and care the Church provides to its historic art. The biggest evolution in the Church (art administration and curatorial efforts) has been in the hierarchy of stewardship that continues to evolve for the better… or maybe I should say in a more efficient manner.”

The rest of the interview is published in a church oriented blog, The Krakens, that you may find interesting. The blog focuses on art in the church… and I think its mostly contemporary art.

About Scott Haskins

Scott M. Haskins has been in the field of professional art conservation since 1975. He studied and worked doing mural and painting conservation in Italy until 1979. He headed up the painting conservation laboratory at Brigham Young University for the BYU Permanent Art Collection and the LDS HIstorical Department until 1984. He works from Santa Barbara, CA providing art conservation services nationwide. He is also the author of "How To Save Your Stuff From A Disaster."
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