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Gay Myers

Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Ledyard, CT
Lance Mayer and Gay Myers have recently retired from careers as independent paintings conservators for many large and small museums and private collectors. They have treated such paintings as Rembrandt Peale’s The Court of Death at the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Raising of Lazarus by Benjamin West at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Emanuel Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Samuel F. B. Morse’s The Gallery of the Louvre, owned by the Terra Foundation. In 2012-13 they treated eleven portraits by Gilbert Stuart at the National Gallery of Art. For many years they have been studying documentary sources that shed light on the history of painting materials. They have spoken and published widely on such topics as the varnishing practices of American Impressionists and Tonalists, the experimental techniques of the British painter George Stubbs, and tempera techniques used by twentieth-century painters of the American scene. They were recipients of a Winterthur Advanced Fellowship in 1999, were Museum Scholars at the Getty Research Institute in 2003, and in 2005 received an FAIC/ Kress Publication Grant. In 2013 they were awarded the College Art Association/Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation, and in 2015 received the AIC Paintings Specialty Group Outstanding Achievement Award. Recent publications include American Painters on Technique: The Colonial Period to 1860 (Getty Publications, 2011); “Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware through Conservators’ Eyes,” in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 69, no. 2 (Fall 2011); “Marsh’s Techniques: The Craft of Painting and the Secrets of the Old Masters in Modern Times,” in Swing Time: Reginald Marsh in Thirties New York, Barbara Haskell, ed. (D. Giles Limited/New-York Historical Society, 2012); and American Painters on Technique: 1860-1945 (Getty Publications, 2013).