Lunch and Learn: Meet Art Conservator, Terry Boyle
Tuesday, February 16 | Noon – 1 PM
The Carnegie Center for Art and History welcomes Terry Boyle of the Collector’s Art Group Framing and Restoration of Cincinnati, Ohio as our February 2021 Lunch and Learn presenter. By the time this program goes live, the museum’s G.W. Morrison at 200 exhibition will be on the walls and open to the public. Show dates for this important Indiana art exhibition are February 5 – April 10, 2021.
The Floyd County Library through its branch the Carnegie Center for Art and History preserves and presents the largest collection of paintings by this rare artist who made New Albany his home for over fifty years. Terry Boyle has been the art restorer and conservator on fifteen of the twenty Morrison paintings in the museum’s collection.
A lot can happen to a work of art over the long years and the Carnegie Center’s latest Morrison exhibition highlights several recent discoveries that have required conservation and restoration. It is always a delight to help bring back to the public’s attention rare survivors and long forgotten and neglected works of art that aside from their aesthetic appeal also have great value as historic primary source documents. Such undertakings, however, are costly and require great care and expertise. The Floyd County Library and the Carnegie Center for Art and History would like to thank David and Donna Reinhardt for their generosity in helping to underwrite the conservation of the museum’s newest Morrisons and for helping the Carnegie Center further fulfill its mission to collect and interpret Indiana history.
Within the G.W. Morrison at 200 exhibition are four newly-discovered paintings that were cleaned and repaired by Terry Boyle and debut in the Carnegie Center galleries. From the Connersville, Indiana area come three important and early livestock paintings by Morrison that had remained in the area since the late 1840’s! Bringing two works to our attention and later generously donating them to the collection are Patsy and Rick Slack and their friend, Cheryl Johnson, who also found and later donated an important painting. Returning the great Indiana landscape seen in Prize Livestock of Thornburgh Farm, Posey Township, Fayette County, IN to peak condition and the public’s eye again is one of the joys of this most recent Morrison exhibition. A fourth great discovery and also in this exhibition is Morrison’s Daniel Jr., and Eugene Howard, a rare double portrait of brothers from 1865 that was also cared for by Terry Boyle and is now in the collection of The Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky.
Terry Boyle began his artistic journey as an artist before switching to art restoration. He is president and owner of the Collector’s Art Group Framing and Restoration, a company he started in 1994 in Cincinnati. Boyle has over 40 years of experience and has worked for the Cincinnati Art Museum as well as the Taft Museum of Art and many private collectors in the region.
This will be an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about this under-the-radar profession. How does one learn art conservation and is there a need and demand for these services? What if you suspect that you have a valuable painting or object that needs care – what do you do to preserve it? Does Terry Boyle have any insights into Morrison’s working methods or other nineteenth-century painters that he can share with the Lunch and Learn audience?
Featured image: Terry Boyle of the Collector’s Art Group Framing and Restoration inspects Prize Bull by George W. Morrison, c. 1848, oil on canvas, prior to conservation.