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Lovett Gallery Renovation Well Underway

Apr

22

The Betsy and William D. Lovett Gallery has been closed for renovation since February.  During this time, the Curatorial Department has been busy removing all the paintings, furniture, Meissen porcelain and tearing down all the fabric and carpet.  When that was done, we were left with an empty room and a blank canvas for our exhibition designer, Vance Shrum to run with.

Over the last year, Vance has created a new concept for the gallery.  The majority of his focus was redesigning the display cases which hold all of our early 18th Century Meissen Porcelain.  After a courier trip to Dresden Germany, Vance found inspiration in the Porcelain Collection of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Gallery Installation at the Porcelain Collection in Dresden, Germany

This type of display style is a traditional way to install porcelain that allows the visitor to “see” more of the object.  This new visibility requires a different method to safely secure the porcelain to the wall.  In Vance’s design, most objects require a custom brass mount, while others can be placed on a clear plexi-glass shelf.  Over 200 mounts were hand-made in house and over 250 glass shelves were purchased to produce this effect.

New Display case in Lovett Gallery

Vance also designed new cases for the center of the gallery.  These will highlight two important areas of our porcelain collection.  The process to create this design concept has been remarkable – from sketches to a life-size model made out of cardboard to the final product – these cases will bring a modern and refreshing look to this gallery.

Sketch of Center Case

Sketch of Center Case

Model for Center Cases

Model for Center Cases

Final Design of Center Case

Final Design of Center Case

New paint, lighting and hardwood floors adorn the gallery currently.  The display cases are complete, mounts and shelves installed; all we need now is the art.  Over the next few weeks, the Curatorial Department will begin reinstalling the artwork back into the gallery, which will culminate on May 13th when it is unveiled and reopened to the public.  Here is a sneak-peak at the new design of the gallery.

New Lovett Gallery with Display Cases

New Lovett Gallery with Display Cases

New Lovett Gallery with Display Cases

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