Adopt a Painting Program

The Adopt a Painting Program pairs appreciators of art with a painting in need of restoration. Adopted paintings will be displayed at George Mason University with a plaque recognizing the donor. Donated funds cover all costs associated with restoration, framing, and display needs, based on individual assessment of each painting. Donations are tax-deductible.

All restoration work is performed by Katja Gibson, a member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).

For more information about the program, contact Donna Tressler.

Below are pictures of some of the paintings already adopted.


Adopted Paintings

This painting, named “The Bracelet,” was adopted in November 2016 and restored to its original splendor. There was a layer of dust and dirt embedded on the surface. The painting was most likely exposed to excess humidity and cold temperature changes throughout its life, causing significant craquelure. The painting was very fragile, paint was lifted and flaked off in places and the frame was dirty and damaged. As you can see from the before and after photos, removing the dust and dirt accumulated over the years, stabilizing the paint, and cleaning and repainting the frame has revealed a vibrant, colorful painting.

On display in Colgan Hall, 2nd floor hallway, outside of the SciTech Campus Executive Office.

Adopted by Ron Carmichael, director of administration and operations, SciTech Campus Executive Office.










These 5 paintings were adopted by Paul Mattingly in March 2015. This group of paintings did not need any restoration service but needed to be matted and framed.

On display at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall.

Adopted by Paul K. Mattingly of Kent, Washington.