Dallas Museum of Art Nabs Conservator Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard retouching Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s ‘Rhinoceros,’ 2007 (Courtesy Getty Center)

The Dallas Museum of Art has named Mark Leonard its chief conservator. The position, which is newly created for Mr. Leonard, follows a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Mr. Leonard comes from the Getty Center, where he has served for 12 years as the head of the paintings conservation department.

From the story:

Leonard will begin his new post in July at what will be the museum’s first conservation studio, which has yet to be completed. The news is said to mark a growth in a culture of conservation across the museum.

“The foundation of any successful museum conservation program includes rich, collaborative working relationships between curators and conservators,” said Leonard in a statement released this morning. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues as we weave conservation into the daily fabric of the Dallas Museum of Art.”

Dallas Museum of Art Nabs Conservator Mark Leonard