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Newport Art Museum and Art Association (Newport, RI 02840-7405)
Tara Ecenarro (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Light Filtering Window Treatments at the Newport Art Museum

The fabrication and installation of 12 custom window screens for use in five galleries of the John N.A. Griswold House that will block ultraviolet radiation and help to maintain appropriate temperatures and light levels for artworks in the museum.  The collection includes over 3,000 objects including paintings, glass slides, wood engravings, architectural designs, and archives with a focus on artists who are from or worked in Rhode Island, such as Gilbert Stuart, William Trost Richards, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and Dale Chihuly.  Artworks are exhibited through permanent and rotating collections and presented in various public programs and as the subjects of interdisciplinary lectures, as well as used for research by scholars, art school students, and living history actors.

The Newport Art Museum respectfully requests $4,984 from the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants to support the fabrication and installation of twelve customized light filtering window treatments. These interior window treatments will be installed in five galleries in the National Historic Landmark John N.A. Griswold House, the Museum's flagship building. Exhibited for public display in these Griswold House galleries are works from the Museum's growing permanent collection of historic and contemporary art collections representing Rhode Island's rich cultural heritage. This project is supported by the recommendations of a 2007 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) survey completed that identified damage from ultraviolet light as a major preservation risk factor. This grant will cover the materials and labor for the fabrication of the window treatments as well as their installation by a window treatment professional technician.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,984 (approved)
$4,984 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2015 – 8/31/2016