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Beloit College (Beloit, WI 53511-5595)
Joy E. Beckman (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Preservation of the Wright Museum of Art's Works on Paper

The rehousing of approximately 250 works of art from the Wright Museum of Art's core print collection, as well as the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment. Highlights of the collection include Albrecht Dürer's 1514 engraving, "St. Jerome in His Study," Francisco Goya's "Disasters of War," and Käthe Kollwitz's "Helft Russland," and Japanese wood block prints from the 18th to the 20th century. The prints are used in research by college professors and students, loaned to other museums, and displayed to the general public. The Wright Museum of Art works with local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club to present educational programs using the collection for the benefit of the community.

The Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College will support the preservation of works of art on paper through re-housing and purchase of exhibition light monitoring equipment. The project builds on a 2010 conservation assessment survey of the museum's collections and preserves key holdings from the museum's prints and drawing collection which ranges from Old Master prints by Durer and Rembrandt to a drawing by Picasso and a large collection of contemporary Japanese woodblock prints by Hokusai and Unichi. This project will rehouse more than 10% of the core collection (approximately 250 works) from unmatted or substandard, acidic mats and overcrowded, older corrugated-board boxes, by matting them and housing them in Solander museum cases. Moreover, a UV meter will be purchased to preserve the collection by ensuring safe conditions for the works. The WMA has a broad impact by providing a laboratory for undergraduates and public access to museum programs and exhibitions.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,629 (approved)
$4,629 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015