Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Restored Treasures Part 1
February 19, 2022 - May 8, 2022
Lawren Harris, Trees and Snow (aka Winter Landscape), ca. 1923, 1950s, oil on canvas, 102.0 cm x 86.0 cm, Purchased by public subscription and with a grant from Wintario, 1976
Conservator Spencer Montcalm guides viewers through recent and key conservation projects from the AGW’s Collection in Restored Treasures. A behind the scenes exploration of the material characteristics and ageing of art. Learn more about the depth of art conservation through the exhibition, education programs, and digital tools.
Spencer Montcalm received his Bachelor of Science (Honours), with a specialization in chemistry and visual art, from the University of Windsor. Intrigued by the chemical materiality of fine art, he obtained a Master of Art Conservation from Queen’s University, specializing in paintings conservation. Spencer completed internships at Fraser / Spafford Ricci – Art & Archival Conservation Inc. and the National Gallery of Canada conservation laboratories.
After his studies, Spencer worked in the Conservation and Restoration Laboratory at the National Gallery of Canada. He then moved back to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario to start a private conservation practice. Spencer has conserved artworks by prominent Canadian artists such as A.Y. Jackson, David Milne, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Evan Penny, James Wilson Morrice, and Alex Janvier. He has also worked with the Art Gallery of Windsor’s collection and the City of Windsor’s collection of public sculpture and monuments.