Welcome to the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Panorama Blog!

From June 8 to September 3, 2012, the Saint Louis Art Museum will present Restoring an American Treasure: The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley. During the exhibition, conservators will restore a 348-foot-long panorama of the Mississippi Valley right in the Museum. The exhibition will be constantly changing, so you can come back again and again and see something new each time!

Did I mention the exhibition is completely FREE? Thanks to a PNC Arts Alive grant, you can visit the panorama every day and never pay a cent.

In this blog I’ll be tracking the progress of the conservation and providing extra information about the exhibition. Here are some things you can expect to see here in the coming weeks:

  • Interviews with the conservators
  • Information about the conservation process
  • Updates on the progress of the conservation effort
  • Interviews with historians and archaeologists
  • Fun facts about the panorama in history
  • Much more!

Most importantly, this is a place for you to have your questions answered! How does someone become a conservator? What exactly is a panorama, and why would anyone make a 348-foot-long painting? If there’s anything you would like to know more about, ask about it in the comments and I’ll do my best to address it.