Frame Conservation Program

The Frame Conservation Program is a volunteer opportunity for students to combine an introduction to conservation theory and practice with hands-on experience in the conservation and reproduction of historic frames. Led by Bill Myers, Chief Preparator at SCMA, the program accepts eight to ten students per year. New students must be available for initial training on Thursday and/or Friday afternoons during the fall semester. Training involves learning how to write condition reports, develop treatment strategies, and clean and restore historic frames. Students also study the history of frame design, and design and produce an historically accurate reproduction frame for a painting in the collection. The program culminates in a small exhibition each spring.