The objective of preventive conservation is to stop environmental degradation and destruction of artwork before it occurs. Conservators who work in preventive conservation have a unique skill set and specialized knowledge of complex environmental conditions, including the monitoring and control of light, temperature, humidity, and pests. Exhibition and loan conservators provide expertise that ensures all art is handled in a conscientious manner during transport, installation, and display.
Committed to preserving and protecting the works of art held in trust for the American people, the Gallery’s conservators and scientists are at the forefront in developing highly specialized methods of treatment and in using advanced technology to analyze works or art and explore how they were made.
Learn more about how to support their efforts.