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DePauw University (Greencastle, IN 46135-1736)
Craig Ray Hadley (Project Director: April 2017 to present)

Enhanced Preservation and Access for DePauw University's Oversize Works of Art

The purchase of storage structures, including racks with coroplast sheeting, for 19 oversize paintings and framed works of American art on paper from the late 19th and the 20th century. As part of a larger consolidation effort for the applicant’s entire collection of 3,600 objects, the project would further address issues of overcrowding in storage areas and provide additional opportunities for study and teaching within the oversize collection. Highlights include Things I like to Draw by Peter Helck and The Green Goddess by Elmer Taflinger, as well as important works by James Henry Beard and Robert Rauschenberg.

DePauw University respectfully requests $5,989 to purchase 12 powder coated art storage racks along with coroplast interleaving sheeting to support rehousing efforts. These new art storage racks will house approximately 19 oversize paintings and works on paper from the permanent collection, ranging from a late 19th century narrative painting by American artist James Henry Beard to a series of oversize lithographs by abstract expressionist Robert Rauschenberg. The objects directly support a variety of teaching and research needs at DePauw University, including undergraduate projects, faculty use, and public exhibitions. Per a 2014 Museum Assessment Program site visit, the external reviewer recommended the replacement of substandard wooden painting bins with museum-quality storage furniture. This project is part of a larger collections consolidation project and is included in the board approved 2015-2020 gallery strategic plan.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General; Arts, Other

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,989 (approved)
$5,989 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019