GHHN awards $115,741 statewide in Conservation Treatment Grants for 2020
Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) is awarding $115,741 in conservation treatment grants to 22 organizations, located in 14 counties of New York State, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
The Conservation Treatment Grant is a partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Greater Hudson Heritage Network
(GHHN) that provides support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical, and cultural organizations in New York State. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional dedicated support for conservation treatment projects on Long Island and New York City.
From Long Island to Niagara Falls, these funds will provide treatment by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing, preserving, and making accessible to the public an array of unique objects in collections of New York State's museums, historical, and cultural organizations of all sizes. The 2020 grants will support conservation needs of the many types of artifacts typically found in art and history museums and historical societies throughout New York State, including a large shadow box wreath, a large bandbox c.1830, Eastern Woodland style traditional Seneca ash basket, Masonic tracing board, signature quilt c.1810 and a selection of works of art on paper, textiles, paintings on canvas, and decorative arts.
Grants are awarded for prioritized, urgently needed conservation of objects that, once treated, will impact public interpretive programs, exhibitions, and education. Non-profit organizations with stewardship responsibility for cultural collections (but without in-house conservation staff), were eligible applicants; state or federally owned collections are ineligible for support. Grant funding can treat paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, sculpture, ethnographic, historical, and decorative objects, and may also support accompanying professional treatment of frames, supports, stands, and mounts if integral to the final public presentation of the object after conservation.
GHHN strives to provide support for conservation treatments that are executed on the highest professional level. The field of conservation is continually changing, with pioneering research and dissemination of findings on innovative materials and techniques. Although there are many paths into the field of conservation, we acknowledge practitioners who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency and advanced knowledge, adherence to the ethics and standards of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC), and are recognized for their expertise in the museum field. In 2020's grants, treatment will be provided by 16 individual conservators.
These grants lead to public impact outcomes beyond the actual conservation of museum objects, including new interest in the state's incredibly varied collections, increased public awareness of the museum's role as steward, and have proven a spark to further institutional, strategic, financial, and long-range conservation planning. Beyond these outcomes, grant recipients report that Conservation Treatment funding prompts greater use of collections (for exhibition, web content, and loan), enhanced interpretive capability, and expanded opportunities to educate the public about art, history, humanities, the science of conservation, and museum work itself.
This year 41 grant applications were received at GHHN from institutions from 26 counties in New York State, requesting an aggregate of $236,164 in grant support. In all, requests were made for the treatment of 67 objects of which 22 organizational awards totaling $115,739.19 were recommended by a peer panel of conservators, curators, and museum professionals. Of the 22 institutions that received funding, 15 received full funding and 7 partial funding. 2020 Conservation Treatment Grant awards range from $1,440 to the maximum amount of $7,500.
Of the 41 applicant institutions, 19 had budgets under $300,000, 9 had budgets over $300,000 but below $1 million and 13 organizations had general operating budgets over $1 million. Organizational operating budgets of 2020's grant recipients span a stunning range from $3,200 to $104 million.
Conservation Grant Recipients:
Albany Institute of History & Art
$3,267 for the conservation of c.1796 portraits of William H. and Mary Ludlow by William Ricardy; work to be done by conservator Hallie Halpern.
Aurora Masonic Center
$7,427 for the conservation of a Tracing Board and frame from the Masonic Lodge room, c.1819; work to be done by West Lake Conservators, LTD.
$6,900 for the conservation of two relief rondels, "Day" and "Night," by sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen; work to be done by Abigail Mack Art Conservation LLC and Monumenta Art Conservation & Finishing, LLC.
Boscobel House and Gardens
$7,500 for the conservation of six c.1815 side chairs decorated with landscapes, originally made in Manhattan for merchant John Caswell (1792- 1871); work to be done by Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Inc.
Cayuga Museum of History and Art
$4,282 for the conservation of portrait of a prize bull, artist unknown, oil on canvas painting and frame, c.19th Century; work to be done by West Lake Conservators, LTD.
Concord Historical Society
$1,440 for the conservation of a large shadow box wreath from the Anna Brooks collection; work to be done by conservator unDunn Art Services.
Cortland County Historical Society
$2,388 for the conservation of a hand drawn map on wove paper by Caroline Chamberlain, early 19th century; work to be done by West Lake Conservators, LTD.
FASNY Museum of Firefighting
$3,285 for the conservation of an unframed lithograph "Chief and Assistants of the New York Fire Department" by C. Currier; work to be done by Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Inc.
Fenimore Art Museum
$7,500 for the conservation of oil on unlined canvas, "Otsego Lake, N.Y., 1862", by Thomas Hicks; work to be done by Williamstown Art Conservation Center, Inc.
Historic Hudson Valley
$3,850 for the conservation of large bandboxes, c.1830; work to be done by conservator Greenwich Studios, Inc.
Honeoye Falls-Town of Mendon Historical Society
$2,767 for the conservation of oil painting portrait of Adam Cole, c.1870; work to be done by conservator unDunn Art Services.
King Manor Museum*
$5,900 for the conservation of Rufus King's Document Box; work to be done by GMAB Conservation Services, Inc.
Marist College Archives and Special Collections
$5,875 for the conservation of oil painting and frame of Lowell Thomas (1892-1981, American broadcaster) by artist Joseph A. Maturo; work to be done by O'Connor Art Conservation, LLC. and Certified Framing & Gallery.
Museum of the City of New York*
(New York County)
$7,075 for the conservation watercolor map of "The Bowery and Petersfield Farms, the Property of Petrus Stuyvesant, Esq.", created in 1800 by city surveyor Charles Loss; work to be done by conservator Michele Gewirtz.
National Academy of Design*
(New York County)
$6,930 for the conservation of oil on canvas and frame of "Miss Gilder" by Cecilia Beaux, c.1901; work to be done by Fine Art Conservation.
New-York Historical Society*
(New York County)
$6,250 for the conservation of painted bas-relief plaster portrait of John Quidor John by Henry Isaac Browere, c.1825; work to be done by GMAB Conservation Services, Inc.
Sagtikos Manor Historical Society*
$1,975 for the conservation of lithograph "Ne Sous Aquoit - A Fox Chief" (1838); work to be done by conservator Greenwich Studios, Inc.
Seneca-Iroquois National Museum
$4,050 for the conservation of a traditional ash baskets in the Eastern Woodland style, c. 1800-1840; work to be done by Buffalo State Art Conservation Department.
Southold Historical Society*
$7,500 for the conservation of a signature quilt, made in Peconic, New York, by Harriet Penny Jefferson, c. 1880; work to be done by the Textile Conservation Workshop, Inc.
The Bundy Museum of History and Art
$7,500 for the conservation of a three-unity wooden folding screen with 3 inset canvas paintings; work to be done by West Lake Conservators, LTD.
The Heckscher Museum of Art*
$6,000 for the conservation of a wood sculpture titled "Little Gull", c.1960s by the Long Island sculptor Hans Hokanson; work to be done by Boro 6 Art Conservation, LLC.
The Madoo Conservancy*
$6,075 for the conservation of oil on canvas painting "Woman Watering Garden in Front of House", c.1968 by Robert Dash; work to be done by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.
* Indicates additional funding from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Grant Treatment Program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional dedicated support for conservation treatment projects on Long Island.
For objects funded by the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program in previous years, please visit our Past Conservation Treatment Grant Recipients page.