Author Archives: Perry

Perry joined the staff of the North Carolina Museum of Art in 1998 as Conservator for Regional Conservation Services (RCS). In RCS he conserved works of art for many institutions in our geographical area including the NC Museum of History, Tryon Palace, Biltmore Estates, NCCU Art Gallery, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC-Greensboro. Perry received a BFA in Painting & Printmaking with a minor in Art History, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983. He returned to VCU in 1985 to study art conservation. Starting in 1987 Perry worked on numerous mural projects in Washington, D.C. including the Lincoln Memorial, US Capitol building, and the Library of Congress. This work coincided with Perry’s private practice, Fine Art & Mural Conservation Studio in Fredericksburg, Va., which he owned and operated from 1990 to 1998. In 2001 Perry began researching the history of artist’s paint. His research has resulted in numerous lectures and tours, focusing on the contribution that paint materials have made to the history of art. The most recent major manifestation of this work was the focus exhibition Revolution in Paint at the NCMA from September 2006 through February 2007, which complimented the concurrent major exhibition Monet in Normandy. In September 2008 Perry became Associate Paintings Conservator at the NCMA with his responsibilities switching to the care of the museum’s permanent collection.

The NCMA’s Monuments Men

The current film The Monuments Men, largely based on the books of Robert Edsel, is bringing new attention to a little-known aspect of World War II when extraordinary art was stolen, hidden away, and even destroyed on a massive scale. Regardless of the critical response to the film, the actual Monuments Men were indisputably successful, [...]

A Hair-Raising Experience

Perry reveals the secrets of Elizabethan hairstyles for men

A Scott Family Who’s Who: The Mystery, Magic, and Scholarship of the Scott-Jacobean Project

Perry digs into history to discover the sitters behind our English portraits.

Sir John, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Perry digs into a painting and finds a garden

Great Scotts!

Perry explores our long-lost family of Scots

The Uncrowned Queen Returns

Perry describes a newly-cleaned beauty

Imitation, the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Perry makes a model of an El Anatsui

Chaperoning Giotto

Conservator Perry Hurt describes traveling from Rome to Raleigh with a priceless altarpiece in tow.