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Yellowstone Art Museum (Billings, MT 59101-1241)
Robyn G. Peterson (Project Director: December 2013 to present)

Illuminating Art: LED Relamping Project

An implementation project to install energy-efficient LED lighting and occupancy sensors in the Yellowstone Art Museum's exhibition galleries, where collections of American art are displayed. The museum's holdings focus on modern and contemporary art from Montana and the northern Rocky Mountain and northern Plains regions.

A preventive conservation project, Illumination: LED Relamping Project aims to improve the preservation environment and increase operational sustainability. The project will 1) replace 90-watt and 50-watt tungsten halogens with maximum 21-watt non-UV/IR-emitting LED lamps in the main museum building, 2) replace obsolete track heads in two small galleries, and 3) install occupancy sensors in the one gallery lacking them. The project will bring the Yellowstone Art Museum's lighting system in all art exhibition and storage areas up to 21st-century standards. Expected outcomes are 1) reducing heat generated by conventional systems and 2) joining green building choices already made by the YAM that are improving its preservation environment and its financial and environmental sustainability profile. By saving energy and costs, the project reinforces the YAM's commitment to its collections, cultural preservation, environmental policy, and quest for cost-effective operations.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General; Arts, Other

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$34,979 (approved)
$34,979 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2014 – 4/30/2015