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Juniata Receives Grant to Assess Art Museum Building, Collection

(Posted July 12, 2011)

Juniata will have its museum building, Carnegie Hall, a former Carnegie Library, assessed by a historic preservation specialist.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Museum of Art received a $7,190 grant from Heritage Preservation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fund participation in the institute's 2011 Conservation Assessment Program and provide funding for two professional conservation and preservation specialists to assess the museum's collection and building.

The Conservation Assessment Program assists museums by distributing funds for professional conservation specialists to identify conservation needs for each museum's collection and building. Included in the assessment are recommendations to correctly improve museum holdings and building conditions.

Under the grant a professional conservator spends two days surveying the site and then takes three days to prepare a comprehensive report identifying priorities for the museum's conservation program.

Juniata will have its building, Carnegie Hall (it was formerly a Carnegie Library), assessed by Jessica Senker, a historic preservation specialist for S. Harris Ltd. in Philadelphia, Pa., from Aug. 3-4.

The museum's collection will be assessed Aug. 9-10, by Barry Bauman, owner of Barry Bauman Conservation.

The Conservation Assessment Program assists museums by distributing funds for professional conservation specialists to identify conservation needs for each museum's collection and building.

Bauman recently conserved two paintings in the Juniata museum collection: a seascape titled "Commodore Perry Ship on Japanese Tour," and the 18th century painting "Angels Carrying the Vestments of Christ," possibly attributed to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

"The Juniata College Museum of Art makes the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations," says Lawrence L. Reger, president of Heritage Preservation.

Heritage Preservation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. The organization identifies risks, develops innovative programming and provides broad public access to expert consultants. Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for the United States' cultural heritage.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the country's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.