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PG-233823-16

National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY 83002-6825)
Dawn K. Kimbrel (Project Director: May 2015 to December 2015)
Adam Duncan Harris (Project Director: December 2015 to September 2017)
Providing a Preservation Needs Assessment for Wildlife Art

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.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Arts, Other

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017


PG-51595-12

Charleston Museum (Charleston, SC 29403-6235)
Jennifer Scheetz (Project Director: May 2011 to March 2013)
Preservation Assessment of Archival Collections

A preservation assessment of the museum's 35,000 linear feet of materials related to Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Collection highlights include correspondence and work of early pioneers in natural history such as John James Audubon; 500 maps dating from 1671 to 1988; 3,000 catalogued works of art, including engravings from Civil War newspapers and propaganda posters from World War I and World War II; and 1,800 pieces of bound and unbound sheet music spanning the early 19th to 20th centuries.

If approved, the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant would fund a preservation assessment by a professional consultant of the archival collections of The Charleston Museum, the manner in which the collections are housed, stored and catalogued, and the physical space in which they are kept. The assessment would help guide both short- and long-term planning for preservation, housing and environmental matters. The project for which this support is requested will focus specifically on the archival collections and the area in which they are housed. The Archives contains over 35,000 linear feet of items – books and pamphlets, maps and blueprints, manuscripts and other documents, photographic materials of all types, postcards, sheet music, prints and drawings, newspapers and various other ephemera. In accordance with the Museum’s mission, these are primarily related to Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2012 – 7/31/2013


PW-51041-12

Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis, MO 63166-0299)
Christopher Freeland (Project Director: July 2011 to November 2012)
Trish Rose-Sandler (Project Director: November 2012 to August 2015)
Creating Digital Access to Natural History Illustrations

The development of software tools to identify and describe natural history illustrations in digitized books and journals in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The Art of Life project seeks to liberate natural history illustrations from the 90,000 digitized books and journals (34 million pages) in the online Biodiversity Heritage Library through development of software tools for automated identification and description of visual resources. Missouri Botanical Garden and Indianapolis Museum of Art will build a new research environment for humanities scholars through development of new software tools for algorithmic assessment (data mining) and new interfaces for community enhancement of digital resources (crowdsourcing). The project will deliver: New software components for the identification and description of visual resources that can be reused by any digital repository; Preservation management techniques for visual resources contained within a digital library of scanned literature; and Enhanced access to millions of natural history illustrations, many never before made available for advanced inquiry and inspection.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$260,000 (approved)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 4/30/2015


PG-50794-10

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN 55455-0433)
Lyndel I. King (Project Director: May 2009 to December 2011)
Purchase of Environmental Monitoring Equipment and Storage Supplies

Funding supports the purchase of equipment to monitor light in the galleries of the Weisman Art Museum and archival storage supplies for its works of art on paper. Half of the museum's diverse collection consists of works on paper, including prints, drawings, and photographs from such notable artists as Honoré Daumier, John James Audubon, Marc Chagall, Jacob Lawrence, and Alfred Stieglitz.

The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota requests funding for the purchase of an Elsec 764 ultraviolet (UV) light meter for gallery and storage light monitoring, plus one fifteen-drawer archival flat file and Solander boxes to upgrade our current storage system for works of art on paper. These goals are based on recommendations made in an NEH subsidized survey performed in 2001, and they represent two main areas of concern: high light levels in the galleries and overcrowded and inadequate storage for works of art on paper. Purchases using funds provided by this grant will directly support the preservation of all our unique collections in two ways: by allowing us to monitor, record, and mitigate excessive light conditions, thus protecting them from excessive levels of visible and ultraviolet light; and by housing the works on paper collections in storage in archival, stable, and uncrowded storage units.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2010 – 8/31/2011


ES-50352-10

Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Christoph Irmscher (Project Director: March 2010 to May 2012)
Picturing John James Audubon

A four-week institute for twenty-five school teachers on the art and writing of John James Audubon in their historical context.

The purpose of the Institute, directed by a literary historian (Christoph Irmscher) and taught collaboratively by a core faculty consisting of an internationally known writer (Scott Russell Sanders), an art historian (Alan Braddock) and a curator of rare books (Joel Silver), is to give interested teachers an opportunity to study Audubon's art and writing in juxtaposition and in their historical context. Our primary goals for the Institute are to inspire teachers with a variety of backgrounds (English, History, Art, Biology) to incorporate American art into their curricula, to stimulate them to pursue research on their own, and to further their career goals.

Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$204,493 (approved)
$204,493 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2010 – 12/31/2011


ES-50252-08

Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Christoph Irmscher (Project Director: March 2008 to June 2010)
Picturing John James Audubon

A four-week institute that gives twenty-five high school teachers of history, literature, and art an opportunity to study Audubon's art and literary works in context.

John James Audubon was the first American painter of international stature. He was also one of America's first important nature writers. The purpose of the Institute, directed collaboratively by an art historian and a literary historian (and editor of Audubon's writings), is to give interested teachers an opportunity to study Audubon's art and literary work in a location close to key settings of Audubon's life. We also seek to rescue Audubon from the narrowly nationalist frameworks within which he has usually been studied and to represent his work in its full cosmopolitan splendor and complexity. The guest speakers are the foremost experts working on Audubon today, and the resources on the beautiful campus of Indiana University are unparalleled. By helping teachers acquire the tools they need to tell the story of the American nation through one of the masters of American art, "Picturing John James Audubon" directly supports the NEH's "Picturing America" initiative.

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Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$199,147 (approved)
$199,147 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2008 – 12/31/2009

Funding details:
Original grant (2008) $182,700
Supplement (2010) $16,447


PT-50062-07

New-York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Roberta J. M. Olson (Project Director: May 2006 to December 2009)
Permanent Collection of Drawings

Conservation treatment and digitization of 847 drawings and watercolors by James Carroll Beckwith, William Guy Wall, John James Audubon, William T. Crane and other noted artists.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Save America's Treasures

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2007 – 9/30/2009


GN-50495-05

Educational Broadcasting Corporation (New York, NY 10019-7416)
Lawrence R. Hott (Project Director: November 2004 to April 2008)
Audubon: Drawn from Nature

Production of a one-hour documentary film on John James Audubon (1785-1851), the first great American painter of wildlife.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2005 – 6/30/2007


GN-21833-84

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Buffalo, NY 14240-1263)
Wiley F. Hance (Project Director: July 1983 to October 1990)
On the Road with John James Audubon (Scripting: TV Documentary)

To support the writing of one script and three treatments for a four hour series on the life and accomplishments of John James Audubon (1785-1858). Commentary by Mary Durant and Michael Harwood, authors of "On the Road with John James Audubon," will be interspersed with dramatized segments.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$55,731 (approved)
$55,731 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/1984 – 12/31/1984