Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the N.C. Museum of Art's Conservation Lab

In the past few years, the N.C. Museum of Art has been making headlines for using cutting-edge technology to conserve art that is often centuries old.

During a webcast next week, we’ll go behind-the-scenes to the museum’s conservation lab and talk with conservators about how they do their work and why it’s important.

Associate Conservator Perry Hurt will review the 21st century process of laser cleaning 16th century artworks (demonstrated in this video), while Chief Conservator Bill Brown and other members of the museum’s conservation team will explain the process of cleaning, varnishing and retouching some of the museum’s oldest paintings.

As part of the program, viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions of NCMA’s conservation staff live.

The webcast will be held Thursday, February 4, at 11 a.m. and registration for school groups and individuals is now open online.

This program is part of the ongoing DNCRTV series, produced by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, which brings the state’s cultural institutions and natural treasures to viewers wherever they are across the state, nation and world.

It is organized in tandem with NCMA’s Actual State exhibition, opening February 20, in which conservator Noelle Ocon will work through the conservation process before the public in the museum gallery.


NCMA Associate Conservator Perry Hurt works on a painting in the museum’s lab.