The John D. Barrow Art Gallery announced it has been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network for treatment of the oil painting "Trees with Sunset" and its frame.
This was one of the 34 paintings acquired by the gallery from the Onondaga County Public Library in 2006. The condition of this painting will require extensive restoration that the gallery would not be able to afford without the financial help from this grant.
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network, which administers the Conservation Treatment, awarded 27 organizations from across New York nearly $120,000 this year. The awarded applicants were recommended by a peer panel of conservators, curators and museum professionals.
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.
The Greater Hudson Heritage Network strives to provide support for conservation treatments that are executed on the highest professional level. They acknowledge practitioners who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency and advanced knowledge, adherence to the ethics and standards of the American Institute of Conservation and are recognized for their expertise in the museum field.
West Lake Conservators has been designated as the conservator for this project for the John D. Barrow Art Gallery.
An evaluation of the first five years of the Conservation Treatment Grant Program reported that these grants led to public impact outcomes beyond the actual conservation of museum objects, including heightened appreciation of the collections, and increased public awareness of the institution's role as steward, and has proven a spark to further institutional, strategic, financial and long-range conservation planning.
The John D. Barrow Art Gallery Trustees and Management Committee members greatly appreciate this grant and will continue to seek ways to fulfill its mission and act as stewards to the collection.