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Get a Sneak Peak at our
Virtual Museum of Painted Walls!

See our 2022 Annual Report


The Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP) is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the research and preservation of eighteenth and early nineteenth century paint-decorated plaster walls. 

Our goal is to survey and document painted and stenciled walls, in situ or in collections; further the appreciation of this rare and vulnerable art form; and serve as a resource for the conservation and preservation of painted plaster walls for future generations. The walls we study include those painted by some of America’s most significant early folk artists, such as Rufus Porter, Jonathan D. Poor, and Moses Eaton.

Painted walls — which include murals, freehand brushwork, and stenciled plaster walls— are vulnerable to destruction and loss. We will lose these irreplaceable historical records unless we preserve these critical documents of our past. Help us protect this important part of our heritage by supporting the CPWP.

Thank you for your support.

The Center for Painted Wall Preservation is proud to support, by membership in, the following mission-aligned organizations.

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the CPWP digital newsletter. 


November 8-10, 2023

NEMA Annual Conference

Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 

We will see you at this year's New England Museum Association conference. Stop by our booth and say "hello!"

April 29 & 30, 2023

Old House Emporium

Riverton Community Center, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, ME

The Center for Painted Wall Preservation is delighted to participate in the Old House Emporium with Greater Portland Landmarks. 

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