Conservation Project Support
April 2012 Grant Announcement

Arizona  |  California  |  Colorado  |  Connecticut  |  Illinois  |  Indiana  |  Kansas

Kentucky  |  Maine  |  Maryland  |  Massachusetts  |  Michigan  |  Minnesota  |  Missouri

New Hampshire  |  Oregon  |  Pennsylvania  |  Rhode Island  |  Texas  |   Virginia  |  Wisconsin


Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona - Flagstaff, AZ
Award Amount: $65,264; Matching Amount: $68,139
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Ms. Elaine Hughes
Collections Manager
(928)774-5211x228; ehughes@mna.mus.az.us

The Museum of Northern Arizona will complete a new object condition assessment of its collections, redesign its environmental monitoring program to cover all collections display and storage areas, and update its preservation plan. These activities reflect the museum’s commitment to preserve collections as part of its public and tribal trust responsibilities. The museum will hire consultants in preventive conservation, preservation environments, and specialized conservation to assess collection conditions, and will purchase and install new data loggers to collect accurate environmental data in its collection areas. The project results will include an updated written preservation plan with short-, intermediate-, and long-range priorities to guide the museum’s future preservation efforts. The plan will be shared via the museum’s website, and behind-the-scenes collection tours will engage the public and members of local communities.

 


California

University of California's University and Jepson Herbaria - Berkeley, CA
Award Amount: $149,999; Matching Amount: $149,999
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Dr. Bruce Baldwin
Professor and Curator
(510)643-7008; bbaldwin@berkeley.edu

The University and Jepson Herbaria will purchase and install compact shelving for its botanical library and archives. Focusing on the history of western American botany from the 1860s to the present, the collections support a variety of research topics from frontier experiences and personal histories of botanists to changes in ecosystems and the development of conservation organizations. Severe leaks in the archives storage rooms have required the archives to be moved to temporary storage closets and wheeled carts in the library. The collections are thus scattered, and accessibility is difficult and limited. The project will reorganize the current library space to accommodate the archives, increase security, and improve environmental conditions for both collections. A conservator will provide training to staff in handling collections and identifying preservation issues. Long-term maintenance and preservation will be ensured, and collections will be easily accessible to staff, visiting scholars, and the general public.

 

University of California, Davis Arboretum - Davis, CA
Award Amount: $81,444; Matching Amount: $83,251
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Ms. Mia Ingolia
Curator
(530)754-9126; meingolia@ucdavis.edu

The University of California, Davis Arboretum will carry out corrective structural pruning on 100 trees and remove and replace 34 trees that are in poor or hazardous condition, to address problems identified in a recent detailed condition survey. In addition, the project team will expand and refine the maintenance tracking capabilities of the ArcGIS Botanical Garden & Zoological Park Data Model developed as part of an ongoing IMLS-funded project. Staff will be trained in monitoring the health of the tree collection, and five staff will secure International Society of Arborists certifications, thus increasing the institution’s capacity to manage its collections conservation in-house. The improved health and longevity of the arboretum’s tree collection will benefit researchers, educators, students, and visitors who use the collection for teaching, research, or recreation, and expanding the capacity of the data model will benefit the more than 200 botanical gardens and zoos nationwide that use it.

 

Pacific Asia Museum - Pasadena, CA
Award Amount: $145,834; Matching Amount: $146,085
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Ms. Bridget Bray
Curator
(626)449-2742x26; b.bray@pacificasiamuseum.org

Pacific Asia Museum will implement the third phase of its long-term project to protect the works in its collections from the effects of earthquakes. A consulting objects conservator and a mount maker will train staff to create seismic mounts for all three-dimensional works of art on display in the museum's galleries. In addition, freestanding cases will be bolted to the gallery floors and walls, and glass shelving will be reinforced with Plexiglas. The mount maker will design and install custom seismic mounts for 23 of the largest and most vulnerable works on exhibit. By creating the optimum environment in which to store and display these fragile works, the museum will extend their useful life for both exhibition and study.

 


Colorado

Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Denver, CO
Award Amount: $149,973; Matching Amount: $150,007
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Ms. Jude Southward
Conservation Department Conservator/Chair
(303)370-6495; jude.southward@dmns.org

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will improve the environmental conditions of 700 artifacts from the Pacific islands and Australia by fabricating individual storage mounts and rehousing the artifacts in high-quality closed cabinets. Dating to the early 20th century, the artifacts include plant fiber clothing, tapa cloth, bark paintings, coconut utensils, tusk and shell ornaments, and ceremonial carvings. Conservators will complete a written and photo-documented condition report for each artifact. Staff and volunteers will then construct custom boxes, create cabinet labels, and enter condition reports, artifact analyses, images, and new storage locations into the KE Emu database, and then will physically move the collections. This project will guide future treatment priorities for these artifacts, improve access for monitoring and research, and create new public outreach opportunities through publication, exhibition, and the museum website.

 


Connecticut

Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History - New Haven, CT
Award Amount: $145,299; Matching Amount: $293,810
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Dr. Roger Colten
Collections Manager, Anthropology
(203)432-3774; roger.colten@yale.edu

Yale University's Peabody Museum will improve care, preservation, and access for 8,000 Oceanic and Asian ethnographic objects by cleaning, conserving, and moving them to new museum cabinets and shelves in an environmentally controlled storage facility. These objects include weapons, tapa, headdresses, jewelry and other body ornaments, clothing, musical instruments, sculptures, and utilitarian objects such as bowls, spoons, and lime containers. The collections have great research potential as a source of information for anthropologists and other scholars studying the people and environment of the areas that have been since been impacted by outside cultures. Upgrading the storage conditions will help ensure the long-term preservation of these materials and dramatically improve accessibility for research, teaching, and exhibition.

 


Illinois

Adler Planetarium - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $58,621; Matching Amount: $58,623
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Ms. Jennifer Brand
Collections Manager
(312)542-2618; jbrand@adlerplanetarium.org

The Adler Planetarium will treat 85 sundials threatened by metal oxidation of silver, brass, and steel surfaces and by physical instabilities. These objects, largely made by European artisans from the 16th through 19th centuries, are distributed over six types: garden and portable horizontal dials, string-gnomon dials, compass dials, Augsburg-type dials, cube dials, and diptych and triptych dials. The conservation treatment to clean surfaces and stabilize physical conditions will be augmented by high-resolution digital conservation photography and the production of detailed treatment reports. Public programs and a three-episode video series distributed via the planetarium’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel will focus on sundial conservation and will feature footage of treatment in action. Outreach to professionals will take place via conference presentations, the planetarium’s website, and a scholarly collections catalog.

 

Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago, IL
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $151,815
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Dr. Ruth Norton
Chief Conservator
(312)665-7880; rnorton@fieldmuseum.org

The Field Museum will stabilize 907 well-documented archaeological ceramics from its Central and South Coast Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina collections by removing the soluble salts that threaten the preservation of critical surface detail and the integrity of the vessel bodies. Conservators will immerse the ceramics in a series of baths of deionized water until conductivity readings indicate that no more salts are migrating into the soak bath. Severely damaged surfaces will require physical consolidation prior to soaking. The collections are a primary research resource for anthropologists, human biologists, and archaeologists investigating topics as wide ranging as sourcing clays and pigments, social organization of ceramic production, and relationships between local groups and imperial colonizers during the Wari and Inca periods.

 


Indiana

Children's Museum of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Award Amount: $125,000; Matching Amount: $203,996
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Ms. Christina O'Grady
Chief Conservator
(317)334-3713; christyo@childrensmuseum.org

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will improve environmental conditions for its 8,999-item Textiles Collection through the purchase and installation of a state-of-the-art compact storage and shelving system. The system will decrease the collection’s exposure to light, dust, and fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity; eliminate overcrowding and compression; and increase storage capacity by 60 percent, allowing the entire collection to be stored in a single room. Following the relocation of the textiles to their new home, the project team will generate a comprehensive manual reflecting new locations, photodocumentation of individual objects' conditions, and expanded contextual significance. Greater access to the collection will improve curators' work efficiency and facilitate better use of the textiles in exhibits, by researchers, and in educational programs.

 

Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis, IN
Award Amount: $63,298; Matching Amount: $71,539
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Ms. Claire Hoevel
Senior Conservator of Paper
(317)923-1331x151; choevel@imamuseum.org

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) will hire a photograph conservator to conduct a detailed survey of the approximately 1,100 photographs in the IMA’s collection. The survey will include process identification, description of condition, treatment proposal, and conservation priority rating, as well as recommendations regarding storage and display. In conjunction with the survey, IMA senior staff will conduct a study of contemporary photographs to determine safe light exposure parameters and to formulate appropriate rotation schedules in response to the data. The work will be shared more broadly via a free public lecture series on selected topics in photographic history, technology, and preservation; scholarly articles; a series of illustrated essays for the IMA’s blog; and an article in IMA Magazine.

 


Kansas

Wichita State University's Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art - Wichita, KS
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $235,099
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Dr. Patricia McDonnell
Chief Curator
(316)978-3017; patricia.mcdonnell@wichita.edu

The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art will treat and stabilize the condition of a portion of Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People), the 26 x 52 foot glass-and-marble mosaic created specifically for the museum and installed on its façade by modern artist Joan Miró. The mosaic has been deinstalled in sections in preparation for treatment. During this phase of the project, fallen tesserae (the small blocks that make up the mosaic) will be re-adhered on groups of panels or replaced with new pieces acquired from the original source. Epoxy resin will be removed, and the particleboard backing of each panel will be replaced with stainless steel. A new adhesive will be applied, and the anterior glass-and-marble tesserae will be cleaned with various solutions and dental tools. The story of the mosaic’s conservation will be featured in gallery exhibitions, a Miró kiosk, campus tours, websites, museum newsletter articles, and a documentary film to be produced by the university’s Media Resources Center.

 


Kentucky

University of Kentucky Art Museum - Lexington, KY
Award Amount: $50,492; Matching Amount: $50,492
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Ms. Kathleen Walsh-Piper
Executive Director
(859)257-6218; kwpiper@email.uky.edu

The University of Kentucky Art Museum will improve storage environments for its paintings, large framed works on paper, and matted works on paper by purchasing and installing painting racks, archival boxes, and museum-quality storage cabinets. Museum staff and scholars will have easier and safer access to collections, and by relocating the works on paper from their current storage location in the gallery to the vault environment, the museum will increase its exhibition capacity and improve the quality of museum tours and programs. The museum will share project activities and results via tours, newsletters, and press releases. Additionally, descriptive updates including before-and-after photographs will be posted on the museum’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed to engage the general public. The museum will use postings to highlight the expertise and care involved in collections care.

 


Maine

L. C. Bates Museum - Hinckley, ME
Award Amount: $9,897; Matching Amount: $17,356
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Deborah Staber
Director
(207)238-4250; lcbates@gwh.org

The L.C. Bates Museum will conserve 47 bird taxidermy specimens as well as their historic mounts and enclosures. Dating to the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the specimens represent threatened and endangered species as well as those that are common today. The conservator hired for this project will treat the specimens, present a workshop "Caring for Collections on Exhibition," and write an article about the project for the museum members’ newsletter. Museum staff will assist the conservator as needed, and will develop, present, and evaluate audience-focused conservation-themed educational activities. Targeting regional museum staff, students, the general public including tourists, and potential museum volunteers and supporters, the project’s activities, outputs, and outcomes will be evaluated by an outside professional.

 


Maryland

Walters Art Museum - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $114,945; Matching Amount: $256,855
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Mrs. Julie Lauffenburger
Senior Objects Conservator
(410)547-9000x631; jlauffenburger@thewalters.org

The Walters Art Museum will improve environmental conditions for 246 objects in its Ancient, Medieval, Islamic, and Renaissance collections by retrofitting 40 cases to mitigate exposure to air pollutants that are causing significant and continuous damage to the objects. Staff will deinstall, document, examine, and treat the artworks, recording all relevant details in databases and on the museum website as appropriate. The retrofit will include applying a vapor barrier to all wood-product surfaces and incorporating new, acid-free case materials and designs to increase air flow within each case. Staff will photograph the deinstallation/reinstallation processes, establish correct microclimate conditions for each case, and engage in public outreach through direct conversations with the visiting public about preventative conservation and issues related to indoor pollutants, via the museum’s Conservation Window.

 

National Aquarium in Baltimore - Baltimore, MD
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $747,517
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Mr. Tim Pula
Senior Director, Capital Planning
(410)576-3809; tpula@aqua.org

The National Aquarium will upgrade the life support system in its 30-year-old Wings in the Water exhibit to safeguard the health and safety of the rays and sharks in the exhibit as well as that of aquarium staff and visitors. To provide a natural and stable aquatic environment, the project will replace vertical with horizontal sand filters, install a drum filter, install an additional foam fractionator, and replace the main system pumps. Increased water turnover and filtration will significantly reduce the amount of turbidity, resulting in a better viewing experience for visitors while also creating a healthier environment for the animals.

 


Massachusetts

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston, MA
Award Amount: $107,900; Matching Amount: $123,681
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Ms. Tess Fredette
Textile Conservator
(617)278-5119; tfredette@isgm.org

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will treat four 16th-century Flemish tapestries to ensure their long-term preservation. The tapestries relate The Story of Cyrus and are dated between 1535 and 1550. Several bear the Brussels city mark and the weaver’s marks of Jan der Moyen. Through cleaning, stabilizing the structures, and attaching new backing supports and hanging systems, the treatment will strengthen the tapestries’ structural integrity, counteract the effects of gravity, and improve their overall appearance. When finished, the tapestries will be hung in the museum’s Tapestry Room, which is being reinstalled according to archival photographs from 1915. The work will be shared with a broad spectrum of audiences, including general and online visitors, school partners, museum teachers, and the conservation community.

 

Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge - Stockbridge, MA
Award Amount: $47,000; Matching Amount: $47,926
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Martin Mahoney
Registrar, Manager of Collections
(413)298-4100x262; mmahoney@nrm.org

The Norman Rockwell Museum will conserve 28 drawings on paper by anatomy and figure-drawing teacher George Bridgman (1864–1943) and purchase new flat-file storage furniture to safeguard the entire newly acquired collection of 100 drawings. To halt further deterioration and to make the collection readily accessible for study and exhibition, conservators will clean surfaces; remove tapes and adhesives; reduce stains; and humidify, press, and secure each drawing. Following treatment, the museum will announce the first-time accessibility of the collection via a national mailing/e-blast. The drawings will be featured in a multimedia exhibition illuminating the conservation process, which will include a series of talks during its installation, and by images and new scholarship about Bridgman’s contributions posted on the museum website.

 


Michigan

Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit, MI
Award Amount: $37,225; Matching Amount: $42,647
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Ms. Barbara Heller
Director and Conservator, Special Projects
(313)833-7834; bheller@dia.org

The Detroit institute of Arts (DIA) will improve the storage environment for more than 200 pieces in its European furniture collection, making them accessible for the first time in nearly ten years. Dating to the 14th through 18th centuries, the collection includes the works of makers such as Piffetti, Riesener, Carlin, Majorelle, Bugatti, and Mackintosh. A renovated storage area with new nonreactive shelving and Mylar roller shades will provide visibility and a dust-free environment. New cabinets will maximize available storage space, increase monitoring capabilities, and provide for safe access. Information about the pieces and digital images will be linked to the collections database, and images posted on the DIA website will promote scholarship and future sharing of collections through loans and exhibitions.

 


Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota - St. Paul, MN
Award Amount: $22,671; Matching Amount: $52,196
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Jackie Hoff
Director of Collections Services
(651)221-9435; jhoff@smm.org

The Science Museum of Minnesota will hire two conservators to carry out two complementary collection surveys. A general conservation survey will update information gathered in 1996 and will reflect the move of the collections to a new, purpose-built facility in 1999. A separate media collections survey will focus on the museum’s photographs, slides, film, videos, audiocassettes, and digital format media, which are considered most at-risk. The results of the surveys will be used to prioritize and plan future collections care and to develop a new, integrated long-range conservation plan. The conservators will also conduct workshops for museum staff and professional colleagues on natural history conservation and media preservation.

 


Missouri

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art - Kansas City, MO
Award Amount: $15,993; Matching Amount: $15,993
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Mr. Robert Bingaman
Collections Manager and Registrar
(816)753-5784; robert@kemperart.org

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will conduct a general conservation survey at each of four buildings that house the museum’s collection of 1,200 works of modern and contemporary art, and assess the overall condition of 12 outdoor sculptures. The general survey will assess staffing, the quality and stability of facility environments, the conditions of the facility structures, collections policies, emergency preparedness, and a sample of collection objects for signs of deterioration. The outdoor sculpture assessment will address the overall condition of the sculptures, their structural stability, and recommendations for maintenance. Museum staff will use the results from the survey to update the museum’s strategic plan, to codify a progressive and achievable collections care policy, and to plan for future expansion and renovations of collection-related facilities.

 

Missouri History Museum - Saint Louis, MO
Award Amount: $29,183; Matching Amount: $37,179
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Christopher Gordon
Director of Library and Collections
(314)746-4514; cgordon@mohistory.org

The Missouri History Museum will assess the condition of its collections after nearly two decades of intense conservation, preservation, and storage development and ten years after moving into a newly opened facility for collection storage. The survey results will be used to set priorities for conservation treatments, to evaluate long-term storage and preservation needs, and to inform a plan for preparing artifacts and documents to be photographed for digitization and for use in future exhibitions. Consultants with specific conservation expertise will address paper-based items, photographs, films, three-dimensional objects, paintings, and textiles. They will also provide a two-day workshop designed to help staff convert the recommendations into a long-range plan.

 


New Hampshire

Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden - Portsmouth, NH
Award Amount: $84,784; Matching Amount: $97,136
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Dr. Barbara Ward
Director/Curator
(603)430-7968; moffatt-ladd@juno.com

The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden will conserve 46 of the house’s windows to preserve the fabric of the building and to protect the 18th- and 19th-century furnishings, paintings, and wallcoverings exhibited within it. Staff and consultants will work together to remove and carefully steam-clean the sashes, remove and repair glass, and re-glaze then reinstall each window. The public will learn about the work’s progress through the museum’s website as well as special signs and banners, and the museum will host students from Portsmouth High School and North Bennett Street School (Boston) for workshops and site visits. The consultants will also offer workshops on window conservation and restoration for the general public to share knowledge acquired through this project more broadly.

 


Oregon

University of Oregon Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art - Eugene, OR
Award Amount: $129,255; Matching Amount: $132,509
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Anne Rose Kitagawa
Chief Curator and Curator of Asian Art
(541)346-3162; ark@uoregon.edu

The University of Oregon Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will conduct a detailed conservation survey of 1,240 Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and other Asian textiles and 470 hanging scroll, handscroll, and folding-screen paintings. Two contract conservators will work with museum staff to examine each object; assess and document its condition; and make written recommendations for future conservation, re-housing, and display. The project will also provide a forum for museum staff, students, and area specialists to learn more about collections care and handling and will engage the public in exploring the material qualities of art objects. The survey will be the first in a series of systematic evaluations of the museum’s collections, with the ultimate goal of developing a comprehensive, long-range conservation plan.

 


Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia, PA
Award Amount: $150,000; Matching Amount: $358,076
Category: Treatment of collections

Contact: Andrew Lins
Neubauer Chair of Conservation
(215)684-7545; alins@philamuseum.org

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will employ a conservator to disassemble, examine, fully document, and treat 126 European firearms from the Kienbusch Collection. Predominantly intended for noblemen’s use in the hunt and target-shooting, these firearms represent the development of technology and craft from the early Renaissance through the 19th century. Each firearm will be disassembled and examined to enable full documentation of the construction, ornament, and interior firing mechanisms that are integral to understanding and preserving these objects. Treatment will provide much-needed stabilization of the objects, addressing urgent structural needs, corrosion, and aesthetic presentation. The project will be highlighted on the museum’s webpage and a conservation workshop will be organized for regional museums with firearms collections.

 

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site - Philadelphia, PA
Award Amount: $26,805; Matching Amount: $26,805
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Ms. Erica Harman
Senior Specialist, Collections and Administration
(215)236-5111x23; eh@easternstate.org

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site will hire two consulting architects, an engineer, and a conservator to conduct a planning study to evaluate several historic structures as potential long-term collection storage spaces. Project participants will not only appraise potential environments but will also take into account other practical aspects such as visitor circulation, availability of electricity, serviceability of other mechanical systems, and overall sustainability. As part of this process, the consultants and staff will review previous conservation, architectural, and planning studies and analyze nearly one year of environmental monitoring data for the potential and current storage areas. The result will be an Environmental Management Plan for the building best suited for long-term collections storage and interim storage solutions.

 

Pennsylvania State University's Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery -
Award Amount: $71,845; Matching Amount: $73,212
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Dr. Russell Graham
Director for Exhibits
(814)865-6336; rwg12@psu.edu

The Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery will purchase an art storage system and data loggers to improve the storage conditions of 198 paintings from its Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art. The Steidle Collection depicts workplaces, workers, landscapes, and urban scenes associated with the extractive industries in Pennsylvania during the first half of the 20th century. Project activities include preparing the space, purchasing and installing movable art racks and art rack wall panels, unwrapping the Steidle Collection objects, updating condition reports and database entries, installing the objects on the racks, and installing data loggers. A paintings conservator will inspect and evaluate all objects in the Steidle Collection to help establish and prioritize conservation needs. The project will enable access for the conservation assessment as well as provide for the ongoing activities of inventory, inspection, maintenance, exhibition planning, installation preparation, and fulfilling loan requests.

 


Rhode Island

Rhode Island Historical Society - Providence, RI
Award Amount: $127,653; Matching Amount: $127,653
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Ms. Kirsten Hammerstrom
Director of Collections
(401)273-8107x13; khammerstrom@rihs.org

The Rhode Island Historical Society will purchase heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment as part of installing a geothermal environmental and humidity control system to protect the collections stored in its 1874 building. This environmental control system will provide a stable environment for the archival, manuscript, graphic, printed, and media collections, which include more than 600,000 items. Museum staff expect to see decreased variations in temperature and relative humidity throughout the building and to realize energy savings over the course of the first full year of operation. This project will also increase access to collections as they are moved to better locations, publicize the Society’s preservation and conservation efforts, and increase public awareness of the Society’s work to preserve Rhode Island’s history.

 


Texas

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston, TX
Award Amount: $102,811; Matching Amount: $105,107
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Wynne Phelan
Conservation Director
(713)639-7736; wphelan@mfah.org

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will purchase and install 17 museum-quality storage cabinets to enhance the preservation of nearly 900 silver objects, ranging from 17th-century serving pieces and flatware to cutting-edge, contemporary silver ornaments. During and after installation, conservation staff members will study the effectiveness of the new cabinets in improving the environment for objects susceptible to tarnish. They will share what they learn with MFAH colleagues, local collectors, area institutions, the Gulf Coast Conservation Group, and other conservators. They will highlight project findings on the museum website, with detailed images and step-by-step project documentation, and will upload recorded workshops and public presentations offered throughout the project’s duration.

 


Virginia

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum - Portsmouth, VA
Award Amount: $20,118; Matching Amount: $53,273
Category: Provision of optimum environment

Contact: Mr. James Thornton
Museum Curator
(757)393-8591; thorntonc@portsmouthva.gov

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum will purchase a mobile storage system outfitted with shelving and drawers to improve storage and accessibility for small and mid-size artifacts. The 8,000-item collection includes archaeological materials; ceramic and glass; furniture and wood artifacts; industrial machinery and tools; weaponry, ordnance, and military accoutrements; ship models; works on paper; textiles; film and sound recordings; photographs; books; and documents. The project will help the museum provide adequate protection against harmful light, pollutants, and changes in temperature and humidity; provide greater flexibility in storage arrangement; maximize collections space by increasing storage capacity while increasing accessibility; and create a safer environment for staff by easing overcrowded conditions.

 

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond, VA
Award Amount: $20,298; Matching Amount: $20,656
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Mr. Stephen Bonadies
Chief Conservator and Deputy Director for Collections
(804)340-5530; stephen.bonadies@vmfa.museum

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will enlist the services of paper and book conservators to work with its own collections care and curatorial staff to conduct a detailed conservation survey of 1,390 objects in its permanent Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, and Art Deco collections. The survey will provide the basis for identifying conservation treatment priorities and specialized rehousing needs for posters, rare books, periodicals, and works on paper. Once the project is complete, the museum will be able to display selections from the works-on-paper collection alongside pieces from its decorative arts collections of the same period (1890–1930) in the galleries on a rotating basis, and provide ready access to the materials as period documents valuable in scholarly research.

 


Wisconsin

Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College - Beloit, WI
Award Amount: $10,576; Matching Amount: $11,066
Category: Survey of collections

Contact: Mr. Craig Hadley
Collections Manager/Exhibits Coordinator
(608)363-2095; hadleyc@beloit.edu

The Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College will hire two senior painting conservators to conduct a detailed, object-by-object condition survey of 191 paintings in its collection to establish a foundation for the prioritization of future conservation treatments. The survey will be an integral component in planning for upgraded storage furniture and in writing a paintings conservation plan for the museum. The conservators will also host a free workshop for the community of Beloit and will highlight the basics of painting deterioration and preventative care in an effort to assist community members with the care of family heirlooms and artwork. The event will also be open to all Beloit College students, faculty, and staff.