University of South Carolina

McKissick to unveil exhibit of presidential portraits

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will feature more than 20 restored portraits of past university presidents in its exhibition, “Saving Face: Conserving University of South Carolina Portraits,” which runs June 6 – Aug. 15.

The collection is the result of an effort by several university departments to survey, catalog and conserve many university portraits after the university’s Board of Trustees authorized the conservation of 15 presidential portraits needing care. Among those were portraits of William Patterson, painted by Raymond Goodbred, and William Scarborough’s portrait of James H. Thornwell.

Nine portraits in the collections of McKissick Museum and the South Caroliniana Library have been conserved by Craig Crawford. By mid 2010, all 15 are expected to be completed.

The exhibition charts the progress of these projects and displays some of the recently conserved portraits, as well as others to be restored. Details and photos charting the process will accompany the works.

The initiative is one of several university efforts to restore the university’s valuable portraits.

The South Caroliniana Library has created a portrait conservation fund, and University Housing and McKissick Museum have collaborated on improve care for portraits that hang in the residence halls. Columbia art conservator Virginia Newell recently completed work on the portrait of Dr. Irene Dillard Elliott, the first dean of women.

For more information, contact Ja-Nae Epps at 803-777-7251.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/29/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 06/24/09 @ 11:03 AM | Permalink