Preservation of The NVAM Permanent Collection: Works On Paper

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From One Generation to Many

Help Preserve Veteran-Created Art

Preservation is a critical archival operation of every museum, and NVAM is no different. Preservation is the process in which stored works are professionally reviewed, cleaned, and rehoused to minimize exposure to environmental deterioration. These are important efforts that ensure the collection remains prepared for safe storage, transport, and exhibition.

Over the next 45 days, NVAM will be embarking on a Preservation Campaign to raise funds specifically designated to complete necessary preservation activities impacting over 30% of NVAM’s permanent collection, the NVAM Works on Paper.

Preservation activities for the Works on Paper collection will include:

  • Conservator assessment
  • Qualified Condition Report and treatment recommendation
  • Surface cleaning
  • Archival rehousing

Preservation is central to NVAM’s mission and continues to be an important focus of our operational duties. The preservation process will ensure that these important artistic and historical works of art are successfully preserved to remain in the condition intended by the artist.


The National Veterans Art Museum inspires greater understanding of the real impact of war. The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits art inspired by military service and combat and created by veterans. The core of NVAM’s mission is to inspire dialogue among veterans, veteran artists, and the broader community through the presentation of art and educational programming. In addition to presenting veteran artwork, NVAM provides a broad scope of educational opportunities related to its exhibits.