Vanka’s bold murals face age and conditions that naturally occur in an old church atop a hill.
The preservation of the murals is being led by fine arts conservator Rikke Foulke, Foulke Conservation. Over the years, members of the conservation team have included Ana Alba, Patricia Buss, Teresa Duff (2014 – 2018), Cindy Fiorini, Patty Huss West and Rhonda Wozniak.
Phase I, June 2018
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.
Through the support of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Heinz Endowments, the Vanka Murals will complete a Keystone Planning Grant in 2021 to develop the scope, timeline and cost of Phase II of Conservation anticipated to include: the high walls and ceiling. The Main Altar mural, Mary, Queen of Croatia, is expected to be the capstone of the project.
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