Indianapolis Museum of Art appoints new Senior Conservation Scientist

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The Indianapolis Museum of Art, is in the process of building a state-of-the-art Conservation Science Laboratory that will complement the IMA's existing expertise in the care and treatment of works in its collection and establish it as a resource for museums across the world.

The IMA has announced that it has hired Dr. Gregory Dale Smith to lead the laboratory as Senior Conservation Scientist. Smith will lead the IMA team in establishing a comprehensive plan for outfitting the laboratory with scientific equipment funded through a previously announced grant of $2.6 million provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Longer-term goals include hiring a second scientist and implementing a fellowship program.

In October 2008, the IMA announced plans to build a Conservation Science Laboratory to complement its existing expertise in the care and treatment of works in its collection. The Conservation Science Laboratory will also augment the IMA's potential as a resource for training and professional development by helping the IMA to foster partnerships with universities and corporations involved in central Indiana's growing role as a hub of the life sciences industry, as well as establishing scientific research and art conservation collaborations with major museums worldwide.

‘We are thrilled that Greg is joining the IMA to lead this important conservation science initiative. With many new, previously unstudied materials being used by artists and designers today, we believe that the IMA can contribute to significant advancements in the field that will help museums preserve cultural heritage for centuries to come,’ said Dr. Maxwell L. Anderson, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the IMA. ‘With Greg's unique research background, and his already notable contributions to conservation science, we are confident we have found the best person to lead this endeavor.’

Once equipped and fully staffed, the IMA's lab will join an esteemed group of science labs at other leading arts institutions in the United States: the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Harvard Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Getty Conservation Institute.