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Conservation

Conservation

The preservation of the murals is being led by fine arts conservator Rikke Foulke, Foulke Conservation. Members of the conservation team include: Ana Alba, Patricia Buss, Patty Huss West and Rhonda Wozniak. Learn more about our conservators here.

To date, 12 murals have been completed. Phase I of conservation was completed in June 2018 with the completion of the Battlefield Scenes. Conservation of this mural was made possible by grants from Snee Reinhardt Charitable Foundation, Opportunity Fund and many generous individuals during the 2016 Pittsburgh Gives Day of Giving. Pictures of the conservation in progress are available here.

Through the support of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Heinz Endowments, the Vanka Murals will complete a Keystone Planning Grant to develop the scope, timeline and cost of Phase II of Conservation anticipated to include: the high walls and ceiling with findings expected by late Fall 2020. The Main Altar mural, Mary, Queen of Croatia, is expected to be the capstone of the project.