The CMA Fund for Conservation

Gifts to the CMA Fund for Conservation begin at $10,000 and support world-class analysis, study, and conservation of the museum collection. 

The CMA’s conservation department holds a worldwide leadership position in the preservation and treatment of a wide range of art. Working in an 18,000-square-foot suite of state-of-the-art laboratories, the conservation department operates in one of the finest spaces in the country for analysis, study, and conservation of museum collections.

Art meets science in the museum’s conservation labs. Using simple hand tools and microscopes, as well as high-tech tools, such as X-radiography and infrared reflectography, our conservators work with patience and precision to examine artworks and perform conservation treatments. Walking through the conservation suite on any given day, you may find a conservator closely examining a unique 15th-century engraving, carefully mounting a sixth-century Egyptian Coptic textile for display, working on an Impressionist’s masterpiece to bring it as close as possible to its original state and the artist’s intent, or preparing a fragile porcelain vase to travel in the building or across the world without harm from movement or environmental changes.

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Thank you to our current CMA Fund for Conservation supporters as of April 18, 2024: Principal annual support is provided by an anonymous supporter. Major annual support is provided by Cathy Lincoln and the Dawn M. Neff Endowed Fund for Conservation. Generous annual support is provided by Gini and Randy Barbato, Brenda and Marshall Brown, Marta Jack and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., William and Joyce Litzler, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Anya and John Rudd, Dr. Isobel Rutherford, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, Paula and Eugene Stevens, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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