Adopt a Painting Program

The art collection at the Science and Technology Campus consists of more than 2,000 paintings by artist Hilde Vogel that span her life, as well as works by other artists dating back to the early 1940s. The conservation needs for this collection exceed the funds available.

The Adopt a Painting Program allows appreciators of art and friends of the university an opportunity to restore and conserve a particular painting. Adopted paintings will be displayed at George Mason University and will receive permanent signage acknowledging the donor’s name. Donated funds cover all costs associated with restoration, framing, and display needs, based on individual assessment of each painting in the program.

All restoration work is performed by Katja Gibson. To learn more about her, click here. Katja is a member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).

Below is a sampling of paintings available for adoption. Contact Deborah Weitzman-Ward to learn more or to make an appointment to view the available paintings. Your tax-deductible donation can be made in the form of a check payable to George Mason University Foundation and designated for the Hilde Vogel Adopt a Painting Program.

HMV.2011.584; Before restoration

HMV.2011.584; After restoration

Adopt a Painting Program: Restoration Opportunities


Catalogue Number: HMV.2005.419;
Description: Village
Size: 16” x 32.5”
Medium: Oil on Masonite
Restoration Outline: Dirty, paint chips, two corners missing, scratches, framing.
Adoption Fee: $850


Catalogue Number: HMV.2011.586
Signed “HM 72”
Description: Sea Urchin in Brown
Size: 22” x 48”
Medium: Oil on Board
Restoration Outline: Cleaning, Chipped Paint, Missing Corners, Stains, Framing
Adoption Fee: Contact Deborah Weitzman-Ward for quote


Catalogue Number: HMV.2005.1014
Signed “HM 68”
Description: Birds
Size: 36” x 30”
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Restoration Outline: Paint loss throughout, abrasions, scratches, cleaning, framing Adoption Fee: Contact Deborah Weitzman-Ward for quote


Catalogue Number: HMV.2011.1206
Signed “HM 68” Lower right
Description: Sunflowers
Size: 43.5” x 25.5”
Medium: Oil on Wood
Restoration Outline: Demolding, cleaning, stabilize paint chips, framing
Adoption Fee: Contact Deborah Weitzman-Ward for quote


Catalogue Number: HMV.2011.1156, HMV.2011.1157, HMV.2011.1158, HMV.2011.1159
Description: Polyptik in Yellow, Blue, Red, Green
Size: 24” x 48”
Medium: Oil on Board
Restoration Outline: Demolding, cleaning, paint drips, loose frames, minor scratches throughout, frame repairs.
Adoption Fee: Contact Deborah Weitzman-Ward for quote

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Many of the paintings in the Collection require restoration work to return them to their former glory. Restoration work to a painting may include any combination of the following: cleaning/removing layers of dirt, demolding, stabilizing paint chips, repairing scraps and abrasions in the paint, repairs to painting corners, and repairs to frames. Inquiries on these or other paintings available for adoption should be directed to Debbie Weitzman-Ward at or 703-993-1621.

Adopted Paintings


HMV.2005.913 had paint loss throughout, abrasions, scratches, and needed cleaning/framing. Paul Mattingly adopted it and it was fully restored and framed.


Catalogue Number: HMV.2011.766
Description: Abstract Landscape
Size: 11” x 14”
Medium: Encaustic
Adopted by Paul Mattingly


Paul Mattingly with adopted painting HMV.2005.391


Catalogue Number: HMV.2011.493
Description: Abstract
Size: 12” x 15 1/2”
Medium: Watercolor
Adopted by Paul Mattingly


Catalogue Number: HMV.2005.717
Description: Still-Life with Candle and Vase
Size: 15.25” x 18”
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Adopted by Paul Mattingly


Catalogue Number: HMV.2005.578
Description: Still-Life Kitchen Table
Size: 15 3/4” x 11 3/4”
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Adopted by Paul Mattingly

Women (group of 6)

Description: Women (group of six paintings)
Medium: Pastel
On display at the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Adopted by Paul Mattingly

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