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Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2746)
Eik Kahng (Project Director: May 2015 to present)

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art Conservation Survey Initiative for Paintings

Hiring two consultants to perform an on-site preservation and condition assessment of 800 paintings. Part of the museum’s larger collection of approximately 27,000 works of fine art, these paintings include European and American, contemporary, and Asian works from the 18th to the early 20th century. The 800 paintings included in this assessment are a subset of the broader painting collection, and are scheduled to be moved to a new, above-ground storage area. These paintings are particularly vulnerable to damage during the move and require full assessment and examination to ensure their safety while being packed and stored.

With more than 27,000 works of art in its collections, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is one of the most important art museums in the Central Coast of California. Particular strengths in 19th and early 20th century American and European Art, Asian Art, photography and contemporary art make SBMA a top cultural destination. The Museum also holds one of the finest collections of Greek and Roman art in California. Related to the care of the collections, the Museum plans to expand and renovate its current facilities, including its gallery and collection storage areas. The paintings collection is at particular risk from the move. In preparation for the renovation of the Museum, we want to plan for their conservation and report on their condition. In order to do this, we need to produce an assessment of the painting collection. SBMA requests $6,000 to contract a painting Conservation Consultant to assess their condition before they are moved and re-housed.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017