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PG-52518-15

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Hagerstown, MD 21740-6495)
Rebecca Massie Lane (Project Director: 05/05/2014 to present)

Collections Storage Feasibility Study

A space assessment of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ storage areas and a schematic proposal for a redesign, including storage furniture options that will take into account both the needs of the current collections and anticipated growth.  The museum houses and presents artworks collected by William and Anna Singer that feature important figures such as Benjamin West, Arthur B. Davies, Norman Rockwell, Philip Guston, Winslow Homer, August Rodin, Henry Moore, and Ando Hiroshige.  The collection is presented to the public and scholars through exhibitions, art and art history classes, and public programing that focuses on the growing study of collecting and collectors.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts seeks to fund a Collections Storage Feasibility Study by Walt Crimm Associates, Inc. In a 2013 Re-CAP, collections assessor Hanna Szczepanowska and architectural assessor Bryan Townes advised storage area redesign to address existing deficiencies. The feasibility study will create a plan to improve long term collections care including location, housing, safety, security, environment, and provision for future growth. The museum collection of more than 7,200 objects includes paintings, works on paper, textiles, glass, and sculptures by notable American artists, by 16th-20th century European artists, and international collections that reflect the cosmopolitan world view of the museum’s founders. They present a variety of cultures and nationalities including Native American, African and Asian and are the heart of the active educational program.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Cultural History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016