April 3, 2014

When painting conservator Joan Gorman walks in the Panorama, she is not focused on the taxidermy. She’s looking closely at the illusions created by the murals on the wall.

Joan, a 25-year-member of the Midwest Art Conservation Center, joined the Panorama assessment team last week to closely examine the condition of the painted walls of the Panorama. More than 100 years old in some cases, the painted backdrops have suffered water damage and the effects of fluctuating heat, humidity and...

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