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​Interns Keara Teeter (left) and Pamela Johnson stretch one of the canvases on a horizontal stretcher while other murals stand upright. Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art.

​From the UDaily article by Ann Manser:

A collection of rare mural paintings, In Exaltation of Flowers, will go on public view in September, for the first time in more than a century, thanks to conservation work by a team of University of Delaware students and alumni.

The seven paintings by Edward Jean Steichen, an artist who was best known for his photography, will be exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art from Sept. 5 through May 28. Two students and two recent alumni from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) have spent the summer examining the large canvases, studying the methods and materials the artist used and implementing conservation treatments.

The four interns, all specializing in the conservation of paintings, are working under the supervision of Laura Eva Hartman, the museum’s associate paintings conservator who also is a UD alumna. Hartman earned her bachelor’s degree in art conservation in 2010 and her master’s degree through WUDPAC in 2013.

Calling the paintings “unique and magnificent,” Hartman noted that they have been in storage for 102 years. The conservation team unrolled the seven canvases and studied them in detail, stretched them onto new supports and then cleaned and restored their surfaces.

“My four UD interns have been phenomenal,” Hartman said. “They are all brilliant and extremely talented. … Several discoveries were made during the [examination] process which have greatly enhanced the historical context of the murals.”

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A collection of rare mural paintings will go on public view for the first time in more than a century, thanks to conservation work by a team of University of Delaware students and alumni.

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