Preserving a Legacy: Wishard Hospital Murals

January 17-March 29, 2009

In 1914, a group of renowned Hoosier artists painted murals for the benefit of patients at Wishard Memorial Hospital (then known as City Hospital). The IMA conservation department has been working to bring these murals back to their original condition since 2004, when they conserved a painting by Indiana African American artist William Edouard Scott. Since then, the conservation of several works by such Indiana artists as T. C. Steele, Clifton Wheeler, J. Ottis Adams and Wayman Adams has been completed. The exhibition included a cleaned work by T. C. Steele, along with before and during treatment photographs, and a Carl Graf painting divided into partially cleaned and fully cleaned surfaces.

The conservation project was made possible through the generosity of the Efroymson Family Fund.

Image credit: William Edourd Scott, American, 1884-1964. Simeon and the Babe Jesus, oil on canvas mounted to masonite, 98 x 44 inches. Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana.

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