Exhibition: The Silent Treatment

For 60 years the ICA – Art Conservation has provided top-notch conservation and preservation services from its home in Northeast Ohio to organizations and individuals throughout its Midwest region and around the globe. Due in part to the fact that the best conservation is invisible, most visitors to the great collections served by the ICA never realize the important role conservation plays in keeping our cultural treasures “alive” for future generations.

Fortunately, ICA has established relationships with museums and collections across the region, lending us the potential to connect with their audiences. Thanks to a grant from the George Gund Foundation and ongoing support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio A


The Silent Treatment: 60 Years of Collaboration in Art & Heritage Conservation
, is an exhibition of artwork and cultural objects treated by ICA, with the expressed goal of improving public understanding of the art and science behind artwork & artifact conservation while heightening awareness of the ICA and its important role in saving cultural treasures. As part of our ongoing education and outreach initiative, the exhibit employs both virtual and physical components to reach out into our local community and across the region, engaging visitors at museums, historical societies, public collections, and in the vast online community.

rts Council, the ICA has mounted a unique exhibit that engages visitors at museums, public collections, and in the vast community on the internet.

This exhibition, the first in ICA’s history, is a retrospective of great pieces treated by ICA over the past 60 years. Click here to visit the comprehensive exhibit. The objects and artworks are on display at sites throughout Ohio and around the region. For a complete list of participants, please see the interactive map portion of this site.

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