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Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA 50312-2099)
Rose Marie Wood (Project Director: July 2012 to present)

Sculpture Conservation Project

Conservation treatment of up to 11 sculptures in the collection of the Des Moines Art Center. Works are by artists Scott Burton, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Carl Milles, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenberg, George Segal, David Smith, Robert Smithson, and Frank Stella.

The Sculpture Conservation Project involves the conservation of 11 sculptural artworks of varying ages, sizes, mediums, and artistic genres. Proactive measures have been taken to develop the best strategies for a Long Range Preservation Plan for the organization, of which this project is a KEY component. Treatment of these works involves the preservation of artwork that contributes to the cultural record - works that in many cases are considered the most important in an artist's oeuvre. The works are part of a long, rich history, one that defines not only the time and place of its creation, but also the history of the our permanent collections. The sculptures are viewed, researched, and appreciated by hundreds of thousands of individuals each year. Without the necessary conservation of the sculptures the public, worldwide, is at risk for losing access to each work. Without proper treatment the sculptures will progress beyond repair.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$80,000 (approved)
$80,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 2/28/2016