Battlefields Campaign

Maxo Vanka’s Battlefield Scenes complete an unforgettable quartet of his 1941 Mural series that includes the previously restored paintings The Capitalist and The Simple Family Meal. Together, they give full expression to the social narrative within the Murals. These images are a provocative greeting and a dramatic end to every visit.

Thanks to the support of the Snee Reinhardt Charitable Foundation, the Opportunity Fund and many individual donors, the conservation of Christ on the Battlefield began on June 19th. ​We’re counting on you to make it possible for us to complete the preservation of  Mary on the Battlefield and to illuminate all four Murals before the end of the year.

The Heinz Endowments’ shares your commitment to saving what Maxo Vanka called his “Gift to America.” Their $30,000 Challenge—when released by the support of individuals like you—will take us to 100% of the funds needed to finish this urgent work.

Your donation makes you eligible for exclusive benefits. See below.


Conservation and Lighting Challenge

Goal: Raise $60,000 to complete conservation and lighting of four 1941 murals

Challenge: 100% match for every new and additional donation up to $30,000

Challenge Deadline: September 30, 2017

Your donation makes possible:

  • Conservation of The Battlefield Scenes

Christ on the Battlefield
Mary on the Battlefield

  • Lighting of the 1941 Murals

    The Battlefield Scenes, The Capitalist and The Simple Family Meal

THANK YOU for Making the Match!

All Challenge Donors will be listed on the website and on event signage.


  • Limited Edition Maxo Vanka Sunburst Pin



  • Two Tickets to Applaud the Light*



  • Recognition on Tour Signage as a “Sponsor-A-Conservator” Donor
  • Limited Edition Maxo Vanka Sunburst Maker Apron



  • Featured Listing on Website and Recognition on Scaffolding as a “Conservation Team Sponsor”



  • Private tour with a Conservator
  • Two Tickets to the 2018 Cocktails & Conservation
  • Recognition in All Printed Materials Associated with the Project



  • Two Tickets to the 2018 Cocktails & Conservation with Two Valet Passes and Reserved Seating
  • Banner Recognition on the Conservation and Lighting for One Year

Thank you items accrue from previous level and will ship after September 30, 2017.

*2nd Annual Applaud the Light: An evening of performance to celebrate the unveiling of the completed Battlefield Scenes and the new lighting tentatively scheduled for November 2017 but subject to the pace of conservation.


All donations are fully tax deductible and will be receipted for tax purposes. 

Please respond today. We need to hear from you by September 30th to ensure that the conservation and lighting of this Pittsburgh art treasure continues!

© 2017 SPMMMV

The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka
24 Maryland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15209-2738

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