NMWA awarded NEH Preservation Assistance Grant
Dec 14 2015
National Endowment for the Humanities supports preventive conservation plans to preserve and care for unique collection of fine art by women artists
WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the redesign of the on-site storage space that houses much of the museum’s collection. As part of the museum’s preventive conservation plan, this project will finalize the planning phase of renovating NMWA’s collection storage space with archivally sound, museum-quality housing to better care for the museum’s unique collection. The proposed renovation will allow for easier and safer access to objects for programing, condition assessments, inventories, cataloguing and research, and will provide a more stable and efficient environment for the storage of objects.
The NEH’s Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized cultural institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. NMWA will be working with Wendy Jessup and Associates, Inc. (WJ&A), a preventive conservation and collections management firm with extensive experience in space planning and storage solutions. The review will consider NMWA’s collection and current collecting plan in order to assess the existing conditions of on-site storage space, and develop a detailed plan for implementation of the improvements to meet the museum’s current and future collection preservation needs.