One of the four primary goals of the National Gallery of Art is to establish the means to preserve works of art in the collection. The conservation administration department provides the support structure to coordinate funding for the work involved in preserving the collection, the procurement of specialized goods and services to treat works of art and maintain modern treatment and scientific research facilities. The department provides mandatory reporting of the division's activities and administration of gifts and grants awarded to the division to aid in extending the scope of work engaged by the treatment departments.
Conservation administration oversees treatment disciplines in the following areas: paintings, works on paper, photographs, textiles, preventive, objects, and scientific research (including advanced imaging of works of art). Additionally, the department provides support for frames, matting and framing, an art materials and paper sample collection, and many additional resources that may be explored in more detail on the conservation pages. The department also focuses on building a long-term plan for the use of resources and staff, personnel recruitment, and periodic advertising and selection of candidates for our prestigious fellowship program.