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Organization name: national museum of wildlife art

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HA-20061-00Preservation and Access: Preservation - Assistance Grants (ER Title Ib)National Museum of Wildlife ArtProtecting Collections from Light Damage9/1/2000 - 8/31/2001$4,954.00AnnS.Foster   National Museum of Wildlife ArtJacksonWY83002-6825USA2000Archival Management and ConservationPreservation - Assistance Grants (ER Title Ib)Preservation and Access4954049540

The purchase of light monitoring equipment and light filters to preserve works of art that depict the American West.

HP-30001-02Public Programs: Consultation Grants (ER Title Ib)National Museum of Wildlife ArtWildlife Art: Kitsch or Kunst? A Workshop to Initiate the Development of an Interpretive Framework1/1/2002 - 7/31/2002$10,000.00Francine Carraro   National Museum of Wildlife ArtJacksonWY83002-6825USA2001Art History and CriticismConsultation Grants (ER Title Ib)Public Programs100000100000

Consultation with scholars on how to improve the museum's interpretation of its collection and how to better contextualize the art within the West.

PG-233823-16Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsNational Museum of Wildlife ArtProviding a Preservation Needs Assessment for Wildlife Art1/1/2016 - 6/30/2017$6,000.00Adam Duncan Harris   National Museum of Wildlife ArtJacksonWY83002-6825USA2015Arts, GeneralPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

Hiring a consultant to perform a general preservation assessment of the collections and inform a renovation and reconfiguration of the collection storage, galleries, and workspace areas of the museum. This first-time NEH applicant plans to undertake a general conservation assessment of its 5,000 paintings, sculptures and other formats representing wildlife art from 2,500 BCE to the present. The strengths are 19th- and 20th-century American and European works, and show the evolution of perceptions of American wilderness as well as its varied uses. The collections have supported several recent scholarly publications, traveling exhibits, and educational programs, including online curriculum-based art learning for teachers. The assessment would include an analysis of the museum’s environmental conditions and housekeeping, pest control, and facility policies. The resulting preservation plan would inform the plan to renovate the museum, which includes the creation of new workspaces for the care and preservation of the collection.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art respectfully requests $6,000 to hire a CCAHA consultant to perform a general preservation assessment for the nation's singular collection of art depicting wildlife. The Museum's collection includes some 5,000 paintings, sculptures, and other fine artworks that represent centuries of wildlife art, from artists as diverse as Edward Hicks, John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, Charlie Russell, Carl Rungius, Rosa Bonheur, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and Walton Ford. This assessment is a key step in the multi-year museum building renovation plan that aims to enhance visitor experiences and improve stewardship of the collection. The renovation includes a reconfiguration of the collection storage areas and new galleries and collections workspace areas. A preservation assessment will identify issues so that Museum staff can integrate best practices into the renovation plan, and assure solid collections management policies going forward.

PG-52567-15Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsNational Museum of Wildlife ArtImplementing New Environmental Monitors: Connecting Wildlife Art with the Living American Landscape1/1/2015 - 6/30/2016$4,677.00Jocelyn Boss   National Museum of Wildlife ArtJacksonWY83002-6825USA2014Art History and CriticismPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access4677046770

The purchase of environmental monitoring equipment to monitor the storage and exhibition conditions of a collection of over 5,000 objects and artworks relating to wildlife in the United States and including works by artists such as Albert Bierdstadt, George Catlin, Georgia O’Keefe, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Charles M. Russell.  The collections are used in exhibitions and educational programs that focus on community engagement, art appreciation, the natural sciences, western history, and creative writing.  Information gathered through the environmental monitoring program would help inform the planning for upcoming building renovations.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States holds the nation’s singular collection of art depicting wildlife, including: paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculptures, books, and archival and audio-visual material. The Museum inspires appreciation and knowledge of history, art theory and criticism, and clears the path to hearing legendary stories about humanity’s relationship with nature. The collection links artistic depictions of wildlife with the ecology of the living American landscape. The National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States respectfully requests $4,677 to purchase environmental monitoring equipment and a light meter. The environmental monitoring program aims to: 1) identify risks and establish a baseline of current conditions for conservation records; 2) establish zones that meet the needs of specific collection materials, loans, and human comfort while achieving energy savings; 3) align with current climate and lighting guidelines for museums.