Are you excited to see art in person again? So is BACC! And on that note, our conservators have been busy supporting museums, including the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art in Irvine, as they prepare to reopen to the public after a very long year.
Learn more about the great work happening behind the scenes at UCI's IMCA here.
Watch this video produced by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and learn a few fun facts about BACC. Thanks for featuring us, BPCP!
The Balboa Art Conservation Center's newest initiative, Preserve Community Art! was created as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to protect important cultural heritage. Through this program BACC provides pro bono art conservation services for culturally significant works that emerge from community-led movements in the San Diego area.
Here is just some of the press coverage that resulted from the program's announcement:
ABC10 News: "Some San Diego County Organizations to Preserve Artwork Following Protests"
Art Daily: "BACC Announces Program to Protect and Elevate Artwork from Social Justice Movements"
KPBS: "Local Art Conservators To Preserve Protest Art"
KUSI: "Balboa Art Conservation Center Begins Social Justice Art Preservation Program"
San Diego Union Tribune: "Column: Why the Balboa Park Conservation Center Thinks Protest Art is Worth Protecting"
Times of San Diego: "George Floyd Murals, Similar Works Sought by Balboa Art Conservation Center"
Learn more about the Preserve Community Art! program by visiting its webpage here.
After a year-long conservation treatment of California Impressionist Edgar Payne's mural Settlement, the painting can now be viewed at the Laguna Art Museum for their exhibition California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820 - 1930!
The mural was originally one of four, installed in 1935 to adorn the walls of the New Lynn Theater, which later became the Laguna South Coast cinema.
For more information about BACC's treatment, the exhibition, and the painting, see the great article written by The Laguna Beach Indy.
The Center recently treated Belle Baranceanu's full-scale cartoon drawings that were used to create The Seven Arts mural at La Jolla High School in 1939-40. The mural was destroyed when the high school was demolished in 1975, and these drawings are all that remain from the New Deal commissioned project.
Check out the coverage in the La Jolla Light to learn more about the exhibition and conservation approach, or visit the La Jolla Historical Society.