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Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Municipal Libraries (Anchorage, AK 99519-6650)
Angela L. Demma (Project Director: May 2013 to June 2015)
Enzina Marrari (Project Director: June 2015 to present)

Anchorage 1% for Art Program and Anchorage Museum Exterior Sculpture Conservation Assessment

A conservation assessment of 90 outdoor sculptures from Anchorage's 1% for Art Program and five additional outdoor sculptures and a Japanese cannon from World War II that are part of the Anchorage Museum's collection. The collection to be assessed includes works by local, national, and international artists such as James Schoppert, Nancy Taylor Stonington, Edward Brownlee, Mauricio Robalino, William King, Dennis Oppenheim, and Antony Gormley. The sculptures are located throughout Anchorage near public education and community institutions and are often created with the location in mind. Annual tours of the collection educate the public on the significance of these works.

The goal of the project is to improve the ability of the Municipality of Anchorage's 1% for Art Program and the Anchorage Museum to care for their most valuable and vulnerable exterior sculptures and preserve them for future generations. The project funds will support the cost of contracting a conservator who specializes in publicly-held, outdoor sculpture. Of the 4 conservators in Alaska, none specialize in outdoor sculpture and none are available for a contract this size. Therefore, travel funds are needed to hire a conservator from the Pacific Northwest, which is the most economical choice for travel to Alaska. The conservator's scope of work will be to assess a prioritized list of sculptures commissioned through the Municipality of Anchorage 1% for Art Program and 6 artworks accessioned by the Anchorage Museum and document the following: the conservation needs for each artwork, estimated costs for conservation treatments, and long-range care and preservation suggestions.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,988 (approved)
$5,389 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 7/31/2015