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UNI Gallery of Art awarded grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, 319-273-6134, darrell.taylor@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $32,500 grant to the UNI Gallery of Art. The gallery will use the grant funds to support an object-by-object survey of the works on paper in the holdings of the UNI Permanent Art Collection.

This survey fulfills the next highest priority goal in the Collection's Long-Range Conservation Plan. The product achieved at the conclusion of the survey will be more than 2,200 prioritized, item-specific reports and 30 in-depth treatment proposals for significant art objects. Two highly qualified paper conservators from the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) will work on site at the UNI Art Collection storage facility providing hands-on service learning for art history students and the gallery's student staff who will assist them as they evaluate cherished works of art. At the end of their stay, the MACC conservators will offer a hinging and handling workshop for interested faculty and students.

"Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding," said IMLS director Susan H. Hildreth. "Receiving a grant from IMLS is a significant achievement, and we congratulate the UNI Gallery of Art for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees."

IMLS museum grants support a wide variety of projects that create learning experiences, strengthen communities, care for collections and provide broad public access.  

According to Darrell Taylor, overseer of the UNI Permanent Art Collection, "We are the proud stewards of an amazing collection of art objects, and it is our duty to preserve them for the educational and cultural objectives of this institution. This project will benefit not only UNI, but also the wider northeast Iowa-area population and university alumni who buttress our efforts through scholarship, donation and guidance."

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. A complete list of museum recipients is available on the IMLS website at https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded-grants. For information about IMLS museum grant programs, visit www.imls.gov/applicants/available_grants.aspx.

For additional information, contact Taylor at 319-273-6134 or darrell.taylor@uni.edu.