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University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
Jill Hartz (Project Director: May 2015 to present)

Rehousing of Oversize, Flat Items from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Collections

Purchase of a storage cabinet for 156 oversize works of art. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon has nearly 7,800 large paper and photographic items, representing a wide variety of paintings, prints, and woodblocks from the United States and around the world. Approximately 156 unusually large items do not fit into standard files and are therefore difficult to access.  The new cabinet would improve the long-term preservation of these objects and increase scholarly research and public use of these collections.

The University of Oregon (UO) Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) respectfully requests an NEH Preservation Assistance grant of $6,000 to support the rehousing of 156 oversize, flat items that are too large for conventional flat file drawers. These collections include large historic watercolors, prints, and unique works such as Cardbird (1971) by American painter Robert Rauschenberg, a group of fragile, adhered cardboard pieces, contemporary Mexican photographic prints, several significant early 18th century Japanese woodblock works from our founding collection, works by mid-century American graphic illustrator Rolf Klep, and fragile, oversize works on newsprint from the 1930s – 1950s by prominent Northwest artist Morris Graves. These works reflect America's diverse heritage, traditions, and history, and reinforce the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017