Curatorial & Conservation Overview

Six curatorial areas study, exhibit, and care for the objects in the Eskenazi Museum of Art's collection: Ancient Western art; Asian art; the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Ancient Americas; Western art before 1800; Western art after 1800; and works on paper. In addition, the museum’s curators organize special exhibitions and installations that draw on the museum's permanent collection or borrowed objects; interpret the collection for students and scholars; work with university faculty to support their curricula with tours and special viewings; mentor advanced graduate students through museum assistantships and fellowships; and design and present special lectures, tours, and other enrichment programs for the general public and the university community.

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The museum’s conservation staff collaborates with curators to study and conserve the works in the museum's collection. In addition to overseeing the conservation of two- and three-dimensional works of art, the museum’s conservator supports many different aspects of the museum’s operations, including checking the condition of incoming and outgoing loans; researching both the physical and historical context of works of art; and providing technical support for studies undertaken by scholars and students both at IU and around the world.

The department of the registrar, which works closely with museum curators and conservators, is responsible for object recordkeeping, the museum’s digital object database, loan activities, condition reporting, object transportation, and rights and reproductions.