September 13, 2011–In preparation for the Mead’s year-long exhibition, Picturing Enlightenment: Thangka in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, conservators from Museum Textile Services in Andover, Mass., visited the Mead to prepare the museum’s scroll paintings of Buddhist figures, or thangka, for display. Director and head conservator Camille Myers Breeze, conservation assistant Cara Jordan, and technician Sarah Berlinger—all members of the team that painstakingly conserved the thangka over the past two years—attached reinforced hanging systems to the backs of the thangka, so that these fragile artworks could be placed on view.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Camille’s free public lecture on Wednesday, October 19, at 4:30 p.m., “Opening Doors: Conserving the Mead Art Museum’s Thangka Collection”. And please stop by and see the thangka the next time you find yourself in the area; the scrolls will remain on view until June 3, 2012.