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Media Advisory - Queen's Art Conversation celebrates $632,000 donation from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

KINGSTON – The internationally-recognized Master of Art Conservation program at Queen’s has received a grant of $632,000 over five years from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop conservation research and online courses with a focus on Indigenous material culture.

Specifically, the new funding will help initiate and implement comprehensive change to the program’s curriculum and research activities, and will help advance the university’s goals of diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion. 

Founded in 1974 as Canada’s only graduate program in art conservation, the Queen’s program has established key priorities, including an increased focus on Indigenous material culture and ethics.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to a heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. Importantly, this is the first time the United States-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded a Canadian art conservation project.


Journalists are invited at 1 pm on Thursday, March 1 for a special media tour. The labs are located at the north side of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre on Bader Lane. All media interested in the tour are asked to confirm in advance.


Students in the art conservation program will be demonstrating various conservation techniques in the laboratory space include paper, painting and object restoration. Program director Rosaleen Hill will be on hand for interviews.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca