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Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND 58102-4904)
Mark Ryan (Project Director: May 2010 to November 2012)
Storage Equipment for Ethnographic and Fine Arts Collections

The purchase of three metal conservation cabinets to rehouse 124 of the museum's most fragile small to medium-sized objects, including fine art (glass and ceramics), African masks and wooden sculptures, and Inuit soapstone sculptures.

The NEH Preservation Assistance Grant will provide for the proper storage of a large percentage of Plains Art Museum's expanding three-dimensional object collection that consists of both ethnographic and fine arts (sculpture, both in-the-round and wall-mounted). The Museum intends to store the most valuable, fragile and/or uniquely shaped three-dimensional objects in three powdered-coated, Viking Metal Cabinet Company, Model 348 cabinets. These specialized cabinets will accommodate 124 small to medium-sized objects. Per the specific recommendation made in the 2005 general preservation assessment conducted by the Midwest Art Conservation Center to properly re-house its three-dimensional objects, this grant will enable the Museum to dramatically improve the quality of storage currently afforded to the Museum's most fragile and valuable three-dimensional collections. The Museum intends to follow through with the recommendation of the assessment and purchase three Viking Metal Cabinet Company cabinets.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
2/1/2011 – 7/31/2012