Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Overpainting vs. inpainting

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Conservation of this painting on wood panel by the Dewing husband-and-wife team was undertaken because the retouching on the painting had discolored.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: From One Artist to Another

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Robert Blum , William Merritt Chase , paper conservation , conservation , behind the scenes

This drawing recently came to the paper lab to have some old paper remnants removed. The drawing is on the back of a letter, and some of the writing was obscured.

6 Museum Shop items that are (almost) too good to gift

by Kaitlyn Sharo


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The most wonderful time of the year can also be hectic and stressful, especially when it comes to finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conservation History

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CAM is proud to have one of the oldest art conservation labs in the country which started with a single, part-time paintings conservator in 1935.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1740's French Table

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This 1740’s French Rococo gilt table is in the lab receiving treatment for an upcoming exhibition in 2021.

Library Blog: Victorian Illustration Display

by Alexis Horst, Library Assistant


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The Victorian Period is widely known as a time of rapid industrialization, mechanization, and scientific inquiry.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Mysterious Appearance

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This tall narrow painting by a husband-and-wife pair is in the paintings conservation studio for removal of varnish and discolored retouching.

Behind the scenes in Curatorial: Making a Book with Candor

by Nathaniel M. Stein, Associate Curator of Photography


Curatorial Blog , Candor Arts , The Levee: A Photographer in the American South , Exhibition Catalogue

Take a behind the scenes look at Candor Arts with Nathaniel M. Stein, Associate Curator of Photography.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Troublesome Letter

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Oil paintings do not usually come to the Paper Lab, but occasionally the conservators share projects, and that is the case here.

Teacher Blog: Women Breaking Boundaries, Evenings for Educators Follow Up

by Melanie Zimmerman


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Aminah Robinson was an inspiring fabric artist who created beautiful artworks based on her life story.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Painted Silk Bedspread

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A steady hand and a sharp eye are key for the repair currently underway of this painted silk taffeta bedspread in the textile conservation lab.

Teacher Blog: Women Breaking Boundaries, Evenings for Educators Preview

by Sue Diemer


Teacher resources , Evenings for Educators , sculpture , art making

Sculpture is a new semester course this year. Every project that the students create is a ‘new adventure’ for us all!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Korean Lacquered Chest Update

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This week in Objects Conservation: An update on the treatment of our 19th C Korean lacquered chest.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A visit to Paris!

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Our paintings conservator has been cleaning this idyllic view of the Seine for the past few days.

From Copper Plate to Teacup: Transfer Printing on Ceramics

by Lea C. Lane, Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design


behind the scenes , copper plate , ceramics

How do you print on a three-dimensional object like a teacup? We recently installed a group of materials in the Library Reading Room that illustrate the process of transfer printing on ceramics.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Tyger Still Burns Bright

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Over the summer the paper conservator prepared two William Blake works for travel to an important exhibit at the Tate Britain in London. Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience is a collection of hand colored relief etchings of his poems first published in 1789 and 1794.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ragsby Dollyver, Before & After

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In textile conservation, work was recently completed on “Ragsby Dollyver,” a “portrait” rag doll by Laura Turpin that may be the artist’s self-portrait.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Incense Burner

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These two separate fragments from a stone incense burner have been in the collection since 1939.

Staff Picks: Brad Hawse's CAM Favorites

by Brad Hawse, Rachel Ellison


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Here are some of Brad's favorite pieces in our permanent collection!

30 Years of Evenings for Educators

by Samantha Geier, Associate Director of School-Based Learning


Evenings for Educators , learning & interpretation , professional development , education , Teacher resources , teacher programs

This week we are celebrating 30 years of Evenings for Educators!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Filling up with Duveneck!

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Conservation for the upcoming Duveneck exhibition continues apace.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Petra Ceramics

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These two 1st Century CE ceramics from Petra are in the objects lab receiving conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Ready for his close-up?

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Sometimes a painting can make its feelings known.

Native Americans and Winold Reiss

by Geoff Edwards, Archivist/Records Manager


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When the Cincinnati Art Museum was founded in 1881, it collected much more than just art. In fact, it aimed to gather, preserve, and exhibit “valuable and interesting objects of every kind and nature."

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Make it better, but keep it the same

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Sometimes an artist presents us with something that looks good from the front, but when we turn it over we notice that there are problems that can’t be seen when the art is hanging on a wall.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Japanese Haori

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This Japanese garment, or haori, recently went on display in the Asian Gallery.

Piecing Together an Umbrella Stand by M. Louise McLaughlin– Part I

by Lea C. Lane, Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts & Design


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A recently discovered notebook with a third of its contents missing and a ceramic umbrella stand held together with wire—these aren’t exactly the objects that immediately elicit a response of “that belongs in a museum!”

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Sasanian Panels

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These two 5-6th C stucco panels are in the lab for treatment.