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Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (Indianapolis, IN 46204-2707)
Amy McKune (Project Director: May 2015 to present)

Detailed Condition Survey of a Native American Collection

Hiring a preservation consultant, accompanied by a conservation intern, to conduct a detailed condition survey of a recently acquired collection of 300 works of Native American art and material culture from the Southwest, Southeast, Great Plains, Plateau, and Prairie regional groups.  The collection consists of items both ceremonial and utilitarian, including clothing and bags decorated with beads, quills, and ribbons, as well as examples of California basketry, Pueblo pottery, and Navajo weavings.  This Indianapolis museum, founded in 1989, holds a collection of over 7,000 works of art that explore the Native American and Western experience from a multidisciplinary viewpoint, and are used by scholars, culture-keepers, the public, and educators.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art requests $6,000 to survey 300 American Indian art and cultural objects from a 2015 gift. The collection complements the Eiteljorg's holdings of American Indian material, particularly because it adds depth to existing collections of clothing, basketry, pottery, jewelry, tools, and decorative items. The museum's collections, programs, and presentations reflect the diversity of the American West and Native Americans that are part of the broad American experience. The Eiteljorg presents exhibits, programs and experiences that represent diverse cultures and artist expressions to a local and international audience. This grant will support a (Jan.–Dec., 2016) systematic survey of the collection with condition assessments and treatment proposals provided by an experienced conservation consultant. The reports will be managed in the collections management database, and will be used to determine housing methods and treatment priorities.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017