SUNY Buffalo State will receive $1.25 million to boost its art conservation program, as long as the college is able to raise another $750,000 on its own toward the program.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the challenge grant, which will provide graduate student fellowships in the department.

The college will have until June 2017 to raise the $750,000.

Buffalo State has one of four art conservation programs in the country. It trains conservators of fine arts and material cultural heritage – including paintings, art on paper, historical objects, photographs, textiles, ceramics, and library and archives collections including rare books, manuscripts and maps.