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University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN 37403-2504)
Ruth Grover (Project Director: May 2015 to present)

Conservation of Collected Artworks on Paper at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Hiring a consultant to perform an on-site assessment of the University’s works of art on paper. In addition to producing a preservation plan, the consultant would provide a detailed conservation assessment of select objects and train staff in the preservation of the collection. Particular attention would be given to works of graphic design in the Weimer Pursell Archive, posters from Design Excellence: 50 Posters from the ‘80s, and individual prints donated by the Ackerman Foundation. The applicant also requests funding for archival supplies which would be used to rehouse posters and other artifacts.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga seeks support for a collection level assessment of the Permanent Collection of Art specifically focusing on the collected works on paper. Our goal is to preserve the integrity of each work while also making them accessible to the community and public. Should we benefit from the generosity of the NEH with this grant, the funds will finance the services of a certified art conservator to review the selection of artworks in order to make recommendations on needed repairs, archival storage, and handling. Prominent collections include the original artwork of Weimer Pursell, Design Excellence (50 Posters from the ‘80s), and the Ackerman Foundation prints including works by renowned artist Robert Motherwell. These works are a reflection of art's unique ability to shape and reflect culture. The preservation of these works is therefore significant to a broad range of humanities including the Fine Arts, Design, Communications, English, and History.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Media Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2018