Painting Lab

Our Painting Lab has helped both individuals and organizations preserve their histories by caring for, preserving, and treating their precious works of art.

Our past work includes everything from fantastic works of art, pieces of historical importance, and beloved personal objects.

We have worked on materials and techniques including:

  • Traditional and contemporary
  • Oils and acrylics
  • Modern Materials
  • On-site murals in public or private buildings
  • Canvas and board
  • Stage curtains or backdrops

In addition to the History Nebraska collections, we have worked with many museums, university libraries, and private clients. Anyone wanting to discuss a project or get some artifact preservation advice is encouraged to contact us.

Contact Us

Kenneth Bé
Head of Paintings Conservation Laboratory
402-595-1399
kenneth.be@nebraska.gov

Willa Cather's Inspiration, Restored

“Peter and Pavel” by Paul Powis is said to have been an inspiration for Willa Cather. We were able to fix tears to the painting and correct a previous botched restoration.

Historic Kearney Opera House Curtain

Many of the rural opera houses that once littered Nebraska are gone, but their painted curtains remain. We restored the curtain that decorated the Kearney Opera house for nearly 20 years.

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