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William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ 07470-2152)
Kristen Evangelista (Project Director: April 2016 to June 2019)
William Paterson University Collection Storage Improvement Plan

The preparation of a comprehensive collection storage improvement plan, focusing on both immediate and long-term storage needs of the 3,418-object William Patterson University art collection. This collection, which dates to the university’s 1855 founding, has grown from a core collection of historic furnishings and decorative arts to include 530 ethnographic objects, 51 sculptures, 409 artists’ books, 138 paintings, and over 2,000 photographic prints and negatives. Highlights include a large wooden D’mba headdress worn by the Baba peoples of the Guinea coast, 19th-century paintings by Willard Leroy Metcalf and Edwin Lord Weeks, and over 300 photographs by Artie Van Blarcum, who was active in vanguard New Jersey camera clubs in the 1960s. A comprehensive collection storage plan would provide a strategy for reconfiguring collections storage and inform future facilities and HVAC renovations, and was recommended as a high priority during a 2014 conservation assessment.

William Paterson University Galleries’ collection consists of approximately 3,418 objects in diverse media; highlights include significant 19th century paintings by Willard Leroy Metcalf and Edwin Lord Weeks, 530 African and Oceanic ethnographic objects, and 409 unique or limited edition artists’ books dating from 1960 to the present. The collection is a valuable tool for broadening and deepening cultural awareness and understanding through educational instruction, scholarly research, exhibitions, and public programs for WPU faculty and students, visiting scholars, and the general public. This project addresses the most pressing institutional challenges of WPU Galleries, whose exhibition galleries and storage areas were built in 1968 and are long overdue for museum-quality storage. The project will build upon the 2014 conservation assessment and develop a detailed plan for the implementation of collections storage improvements that will inform future facilities and HVAC renovations.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018