Creativity and Craftsmanship: Selections from the Permanent Collection

A centuries-old mystery, hidden in Sewanee's Permanent Collection, is revealed at Crawford's presentation

Craig Crawford, a conservator of oil paintings with nearly thirty years of experience, will open our next exhibition, “Creativity and Craftsmanship: Selections from the Permanent Collection.” The painting conservation process highlights the details a conservator must consider such as examination and testing of materials, even before investing any time in the actual work of conservation.  In his presentation, Crawford will show the steps required before and during the conservation process through his examination of several works belonging to the University of the South, and he will demonstrate how decision making uncovers decades and even centuries of history. 

Often mysteries present themselves in this process, and this was certainly the case with one painting from Sewanee’s Permanent Collection. 

See this centuries-old mystery revealed at Crawford’s presentation on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. 

Lytle Reading Room, University Archives and Special Collections. 

A reception will follow.