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Dubuque Museum of Art (Dubuque, IA 52001-6817)
David Schmitz (Project Director: April 2016 to present)

General Preservation Assessment of the Dubuque Museum of Art's Collections

Hiring a consultant from the Midwest Art Conservation Center to perform a general preservation assessment of the holdings of the Dubuque Museum of Art and develop a prioritized list of collection items in need of specialized conservation treatment. Founded in 1874, the Dubuque Museum of Art contains 2,300 fine art objects that preserve and interpret the history and culture of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Significant collections include Edward S. Curtis’s North American Indian series, a collection of over 700 photogravures and writings documenting 80 tribes throughout the American West, and a complete archive of illustrations by the children’s author Art Geisert. Significant American and European artists are also represented, including John Stuart Curry, Charles Burchfield, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali.

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) will consult with the Midwest Art Conservation Center to conduct a general preservation assessment of the museum’s collections of approximately 2,300 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by regionally, nationally and internationally known artists, including Edward S. Curtis and Grant Wood. DuMA’s collections are primarily used for supporting its exhibition and museum education programs, with a particular focus on community engagement and outreach, while also contributing to the broader cultural record through traveling exhibits, loans and research. We anticipate that the assessment will focus on a) the current conditions of collections storage, the environment and display of objects in the collection; b) prioritization of works in the collection requiring further assessment and conservation treatments; and c) recommendations on how to balance conservation needs of the current collection with plans to grow and expand the museum.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
3/1/2017 – 8/31/2018