Wednesday, April 2, 5:30 p.m. (Art Museum)
Hans Hofmann’s Blue Spell: The Artist’s Materials, Techniques and Their Impact on Conservation
Michael J. Ruzga, nationally recognized paintings conservator, Director and Head of Conservation at Fine Arts Conservation, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, will speak at the Art Museum on Wednesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Formerly Chief Conservator of the Taft Museum of Art, Ruzga has treated numerous paintings over the past twenty years, including works by Rembrandt, Renoir, Bouguereau and others. He has conserved murals for the University of Cincinnati’s Engineering Library in Baldwin Hall, Marshall University’s James E. Morrow Library, and the Thomas Hart Benton murals at Indiana University. His talk at Miami University coincides with his conservation treatment of the Art Museum’s beloved painting by Hans Hofmann, Blue Spell, 1958. Ruzga will discuss aspects of Hofmann’s work, including materials and techniques, as well as conservation issues for similar works.