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Organization name: Asheville Art

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HC-276434-20Digital Humanities: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.Asheville Art Museum Multimedia Tour and Online Collection Database6/15/2020 - 3/31/2021$66,715.00Kristi McMillan   Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.AshevilleNC28801-3521USA2020History, Criticism, and Theory of the ArtsCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)Digital Humanities66715062069.730

Adaptation of a currently inaccessible permanent museum exhibition to a digital environment, as well as partial salaries for seven museum staff and one intern. 

The Asheville Art Museum will develop a multimedia tour of its Collection exhibition, Intersections in American Art, and make the Collection publicly accessible through a searchable online Collection database. to be accessed via the Museum’s website for visitors both onsite and those accessing the Museum remotely. In addition to individual works of art, the tour will explore the thematic and contextual focuses of Intersections in American Art, which are informed by artistic principals exemplified by Black Mountain College because of its unique relevance to Western North Carolina and its important influence on the national and international art community. This tour will tell the story of our area, explore its relationship to and national impact on the art world, and strengthen participants’ connection to and understanding of our unique community.

PG-258454-18Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAsheville Art Museum Association, Inc.Asheville Art Museum Works on Paper Assessment1/1/2018 - 6/30/2019$6,000.00Thomas Schram   Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.AshevilleNC28801-3521USA2017Art History and CriticismPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Hiring a specialist conservator to conduct a preservation assessment of approximately 100 selected works on paper, to record the condition of the works, and to help train the museum’s curatorial staff in stewardship practices for this media. The project would also support workshops for the general public to raise awareness on preventive care for works on paper. The collection includes American art from the Civil War era to the present day, including work by both regional and national artists, including Josef and Anni Albers and George Bellows, and the primary collection from Black Mountain College that dates from 1933 to 1957 and represents several of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, such as John Rauschenberg, John Cage, and Jacob Lawrence. As a whole, the collection serves as an important center for modern and contemporary art and crafts and a significant educational resource for the western North Carolina region.

The Asheville Art Museum requests support for a conservation assessment of selected works on paper from its Permanent Collection. Funding will specifically support bringing a paper conservator to the Museum to record the condition of these works, determine conservation priorities, and help train the Museum’s curatorial staff on best practices for the storage of works on paper.

PG-51717-12Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAsheville Art Museum Association, Inc.Environmental Monitoring Systems to Preserve Art and Archival Collections1/1/2012 - 1/31/2014$4,839.00Frank Thomson   Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.AshevilleNC28801-3521USA2011Archival Management and ConservationPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access4839048390

The purchase and installation of environmental monitoring equipment for a collection of 3,060 works of art that includes American paintings and prints of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as art and crafts documenting the diverse cultural heritage of western North Carolina: Cherokee, German and Scotch-Irish, and African American. The museum also holds nearly 5,000 drawings of the Asheville Architecture Archives.

The Museum currently holds 3,060 works of art in all media and 4,905 architectural drawings. The Museum’s collections represent the unique diversity of cultures and movements that have influenced Western North Carolina and beyond. The Museum’s role is to research, collect and explore the artifacts of these traditions through innovative exhibitions and public educational programs. By developing exhibitions and programs for its patrons, the Museum educates audiences of all ages, explores aesthetic and cultural issues and integrates the arts and humanities into everyday life. In order for the Museum to properly monitor humidity, temperature and lighting conditions and protect these significant exhibited and stored works, the Museum requests $4,839 to support the purchase of new environmental monitoring systems for the Museum’s collections and galleries, including 10 PEM2 dataloggers, associated software, one PEM2 flash drive, one ELSEC 764 Environmental Monitor and all shipping costs.

ZPA-284060-22Agency-wide Projects: ARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.Asheville Art Museum Collection Access, Interpretation, and Evaluation1/1/2022 - 6/30/2023$198,118.00Whitney Richardson   Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.AshevilleNC28801-3521USA2021History, Criticism, and Theory of the ArtsARP-Organizations (Preservation-related)Agency-wide Projects19811801981180

The retention of seven staff members, employment of several contractors, and the payment of stipends for ten humanities scholars to assist in the work of photographing and cataloging approximately 800 objects from the collection, as well as creating interpretive content for digital and physical exhibitions.

The Asheville Art Museum will undertake a three-pronged project to improve Collection access, interpretation, and evaluation. The project team will photograph and catalogue approximately 800 Collection objects focusing primarily on three-dimensional objects that have special significance to the Southern Appalachian region. Additionally, the Museum will convene a team of scholars to engage with these works and create interpretive content for digital and physical exhibitions, the Museum’s multimedia tour, and other public resources. Finally, the Museum will engage an exhibition evaluator to assess the Museum’s Collection installation Intersections in American Art. These activities will advance the Museum’s mission by serving our community with access to unique works of art, sharing stories that deepen our understanding of ourselves and our communities, and preserving knowledge of objects and archives that are inherent to our cultural heritage and understanding.