Originally published in the Wilmington News Journal May 27, 2021. 


Andrea working on a piece at the Center.

The Clinton County History Center recently welcomed Andrea Chevalier, Director of Conservation & Head of Paintings Conservation from ICA-Art Conservation in Cleveland.

Chevalier is reviewing up to 20 works of art on canvas or paper as part of a subsidized survey the Center was chosen for earlier this year.

Andrea reviewing broken frame pieces on an artwork in the Eli Harvey Gallery.

Each year ICA-Art Conservation — the oldest not-for-profit regional art conservation center in the United States — selects one institution to receive a free collection survey. The goal of the program is to help the recipient institution identify its preservation needs and plan future conservation and stewardship initiatives.

The information gained through the assessment helps the institution prioritize objectives and potentially raise funds to address those preservation needs.

Andrea test cleaning the lion’s foot, a portion of a canvas, on matboard by artist Eli Harvey.

The History Center has chosen to focus its awarded survey on the large collection of Eli Harvey artwork. Attention will be placed on any significant damage to paintings or paper works such as tears or holes, as well as the condition of each work’s varnish protective layer and cleanliness.