The Center’s Mural Department restores 18th-21st century watercolor, fresco, secco, oil, and acrylic based murals on plaster, canvas, metal, and paper supports. The Mural Department has become renowned for the preservation of over 600 Progressive and WPA murals across the nation which represent our American heritage. Often up on scaffolding, working a square foot at a time, this department meets the demand of preserving large scale public art. See our list of major Mural contracts, dating back to 1996.
~ Dr. Margaret Nowosielska, Chief Mural Conservator
Please visit 11 Chicago Park Field Houses with 58 murals all around the city of Chicago:
Jones, Megan Ann. "Meeting The Challenges of Public Mural Conservation" (PDF file)
Preserve and Play: Preserving Historic Recreation and Entertainment Sites, Conference Proceedings. Ed. Deborah Slanton, Chad Randl, and Lauren Van Damme. Washington, D.C.: Historic Preservation Education Foundation, 2006. 119-123.
The Depression Era Art Projects in Illinois
The Chicago Public Schools Mural Restoration Project
Unique Mural Treatment: Lucy Flower High School
Park District, Chicago Conservation Center Restore Murals (PDF file)
More articles can be found in our archive of mural-related newsletters.