2006 Grant Awards:
Access to Artistic Excellence
[ August 15, 2005 deadline ]
Dance | Design | Folk & Traditional Arts | Literature | Local
Media Arts | Museum | Music | Musical Theater
Theater | Visual Arts
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Amarillo Art Center Association (aka Amarillo Museum of Art)
To support the presentation in Amarillo of the national touring exhibition Material Terrain: A Sculpture Exploration of Landscape and Place, with accompanying brochure. The exhibition features large-scale mixed media sculptures by internationally known artists.
Art Museum of Missoula
To support accessible, online educational programming about Montana artists. The project will focus on two significant elder and internationally known Montana artists well represented in the collection, Rudy Autio and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
Balboa Art Conservation Center
San Diego, CA
To support a postgraduate internship in paintings conservation. The intern will be afforded a broad range of supervised and guided treatment experiences formulated to develop pratical knowledge and skill.
Brooklyn Institute of Arts & Sciences (aka Brooklyn Museum of Art)
To support the First Saturdays educational program. The program provides educational programming to nearly 88,000 visitors of diverse ages, interests, and backgrounds each year.
Cartoon Art Museum
San Francisco, CA
To support a collections management project. The goals of the project are to document and preserve the permanent collection and to secure the necessary systems and tools for ongoing documentation and preservation.
Children's Museum San Diego (aka Museo de los Ninos San Diego)
San Diego, CA
To support the Muse/Art Installation Program. The museum will commission site-specific works, both permanent and temporary, for its new facility opening in fall 2006.
Chinati Foundation (aka La Fundacion Chinati)
To support the conservation of Donald Judd's outdoor concrete sculptures. The works are in urgent need of treatment due to dangers caused by their exposure to the elements.
Connecticut Historical Society (aka Connecticut Historial Society Museum)
To support the preparation of a manuscript for a catalogue of the collection of American decorative needlework dating from 1740 to 1840. The collection includes pictures, samplers, household furnishings, costumes, and personal accessories.
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
To support a postgraduate internship in paper conservation. The project will involve training in the treatment of works on paper such as drawings, prints, and watercolors as well as manuscripts, maps, photographs, parchment, and books.
Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums (aka Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
San Francisco, CA
To support conservation treatment of key French furniture pieces and important frames in the European art collection. Dating from the 18th century, the works are anchors of the museum's survey collection of European art.
Detroit Institute of Arts
To support the reinstallation of the Native American art collection. The project is an integral part of an ongoing long-range plan to physically and conceptually transform the entire museum for the benefit of visitors.
Fashion Institute of Technology (aka Museum at FIT)
New York, NY
To support online access to visual and informational documentation of costume and textile masterworks in the collection. Public access to these permanent collection objects will contribute knowledge and understanding in the growing field of fashion and textile studies.
Florida International University (on behalf of The Wolfsonian)
To support the archiving of materials in two of the Wolfsonian's architecture collections: the Schultze & Weaver firm and the John Eberson firm. The project will facilitate access and use by a broad range of people, including historians, preservationists, designers, and architects.
San Francisco, CA
To support a series of public programs, including demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions, titled Bookmaking, Writing, and Art. The project explores connections between traditional bookmaking crafts and the work of contemporary artists and writers.
International Foundation for Art Research
New York, NY
To support the Art Law/Cultural Property Website Initiative. The project will result in a searchable, interactive tool to help museums and the general public navigate the development of laws and ethical practices concerning the acquisition, authenticity, and ownership of art objects.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Inc.
To support costs associated with making the museum's collection available over the Internet. The collection of 3,200 objects, spanning 30 centuries and many cultures, includes some of the nation's preeminent examples of Italian Renaissance and American 19th-century paintings.
Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum (aka Noguchi Museum)
Long Island City, NY
To support the digitization of photographic objects in the archives. This will be the first step in the creation of an electronic finding aid for the museum's archives.
J.B. Speed Art Museum (aka Speed Art Museum)
To support the Community Cultural Youth Apprenticeship Program. The project is a workforce development program serving a target population of youth, ages 15 to 18.
Josef Albers Foundation, Inc. (aka Josef and Anni Albers Foundation)
To support the Art Collection Cataloguing and Preservation Project. The project will greatly broaden the foundation's art history and arts education services to the public and to artists, scholars, students, educators, and curators.
To support an oral history project with important figures in the life of American minimalist artist Donald Judd (1928-94). The interviews will be filmed, transcribed, and edited for the creation of a long and short documentary work for broadcast on television and the Internet.
Katonah Museum of Art, Inc.
To support a touring exhibition of early Cycladic art, with accompanying catalogue and education programs. The Cyclades, an archipelago of more than 30 islands at the center of the Aegean Sea, gave rise in the third millennium B.C to a vibrant and enduring sculptural tradition.
Mark Twain House (aka Mark Twain House & Museum)
To support conservation treatment of paintings and works on paper in the permanent collection. The works are important pieces in the museum's fine arts collection and have been determined by professional art conservators to be in immediate, urgent need of treatment.
Mint Museum of Art, Inc.
To support the publication of a catalogue of the European ceramics collection. The collection is recognized internationally as one of the most important collections of its kind in the United States.
Montclair Art Museum
To support the purchase of an upgraded collection management system with online modules, as well as data conversion, staff training, and data entry. The project is part of the museum's 100th Anniversary Permanent Collection Enhancement Project.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association
To support the conservation and housing of a collection of African American quilts recently acquired by the museum. Conservation and proper stabilization of the collection are important because the museum plans to exhibit the quilts in its new Education Wing and create an exhibition of the quilts to travel to other institutions.
Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY
To support the conservation and reformatting of deteriorating negatives produced by the Lucas studios from 1936 to the 1950s. This nationally significant collection holds, in most cases, the only surviving images of shows as performed by their original casts during Broadway's golden age.
National Academy of Design (aka National Academy, Museum & School of Fine Art)
New York, NY
To support a digitization project to catalogue and photograph the Museum's collection of American art and make it available to a worldwide audience through an online catalogue. The Academy proposes to digitize up to 1,000 highlights of the paintings and sculpture collections.
National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature
To support an exhibition of original book illustrations by Wendell Minor, with accompanying gallery guide and education programs. Minor is a nationally acclaimed, award-winning illustrator, having provided illustrations for more than 2,000 books.
Newark Museum Association
To support community outreach activities in conjunction with the exhibition Masters of the 20th-century American Comics. The exhibition will be presented jointly with the Jewish Museum in Manhattan and programming will be shared by the two institutions.
Northeast Document Conservation Center
To support a one-year internship in paper conservation. The intern will also be trained to provide technical assistance in collections care to smaller museums in the region.
Northern Illinois University (on behalf of University Art Museum)
To support the conservation of an artistically and historically significant collection of scenic models. The objects display in microcosm the development of scenic practices from the American operatic theater of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
To support the interpretive portion of the George Ohr (1857-1918) exhibition, with accompanying education programs. Using cutting edge technology the museum will present Ohr's work in multiple languages and learning levels, a soundtrack in Ohr's virtual studio, and two seminars.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
To support the museum's efforts to improve its collections management system. The project involves acquiring software, hardware, and additional staff to make the collections more accessible.
Plains Art Museum
To support Rolling Plains Art Gallery. The project is the museum's signature outreach program, providing exhibitions of original art and arts education to underserved rural communities since 1993.
Regents of the University of California at Davis (on behalf of Richard Nelson Gallery)
To support conservation treatment of Robert Arneson's Egghead sculptures. The large-scale, enameled bronze sculptures are permanently situated outdoors throughout the university campus.
Revolving Museum, Inc.
To support puppet-making workshops, creation of public artworks, and other activities associated with festivals and a puppetry exhibit.
Seattle Art Museum
To support the installation of a Porcelain Room in the museum's new, expanded downtown facility. The gallery will engage visitors in the cross-cultural story of porcelain in the 17th and 18th centuries, illustrating why it was so highly valued.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (aka Guggenheim Museum)
New York, NY
To support a research project titled Reversal versus Retirement: Study and Treatment of Black Painting, 1960-66 by Ad Reinhardt, with accompanying catalogue and education programs. Reinhardt (1913 - 1967) was a key figure in the minimalist painting movement of the 1960s.
South Texas Institute for the Arts
Corpus Christi, TX
To support exhibitions featuring new works in the permanent collection, with accompanying catalogue and education programs. The exhibitions will be part of a cycle of permanent collection activities during the opening year of the museum's new 30,000 square foot addition.
Spanish Colonial Arts Society, Inc.
Santa Fe, NM
To support the expansion of learning projects in traditional Hispano art forms for underserved communities in New Mexico. The project's objective is to encourage the revival of, and continuation of, endangered Hispano art forms and practices.
Textile Conservation Workshop, Inc.
South Salem, NY
To support a master apprenticeship for in-depth training in textile conservation. As part of a regional conservation laboratory, the apprenticeship program fills a gap not covered by formal conservation courses in graduate school programs.
Trustees of Boston College (on behalf of McMullen Museum of Art)
Chestnut Hill, MA
To support the traveling exhibition Cosmophilia: Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen, with accompanying catalogue and education programs. The exhibition will also be presented at the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago.
University of Rochester (on behalf of Memorial Art Gallery)
To support conservation treatment of a 16th-century Flemish tapestry in the museum's permanent collection. Musical Game Park: A Forest Scene with Peasants is an important Flemish tapestry dating to about 1575-1600.
University of South Florida (on behalf of Contemporary Art Museum)
To support a series of symposia in conjunction with the 2006-07 exhibition program, with an accompanying brochure. The goal of the project is to introduce, educate, and encourage participation in the arts by the Tampa Bay community, and to contribute to the national discourse on contemporary art.
Vermont Museum & Gallery Alliance
To support the conservation and stabilization of historic painted theater curtains. Once conserved, most of the curtains will be reinstalled in their original locations for public use and appreciation.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
To support the reinstallation of the Valley of Work: Scenes of Industry collection in the Barclay Gallery, which will be renovated in summer 2006. The art collection depicts Pittsburgh during the height of the Big Steel Era (1875-1980).
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506