National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. CCAHA is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support a one-year postgraduate fellowship in paper conservation. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; public engagement with diverse and excellent art; lifelong learning in the arts; and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“Training emerging conservation professionals is an important part of CCAHA’s mission to provide expertise and leadership in the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage,” said CCAHA Executive Director Ingrid E. Bogel. “NEA-funded 2012-2013 Advanced Fellow Gwenanne Edwards will gain indispensable hands-on experience in conservation of a wide range of materials.”
Under the supervision of trained CCAHA conservators, Ms. Edwards (pictured above) will treat works of art on paper, such as drawings, prints, photographs, and watercolors, as well as manuscripts, documents, maps, and parchment. She will participate in collection surveys and on-site conservation treatment projects, and she will also complete a research project, culminating in a written report suitable for publication in a professional journal.
Ms. Edwards will begin her CCAHA fellowship after receiving her Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY). She is currently completing a paper conservation fellowship at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC) and previously interned at the Lunder Conservation Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC) and at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, WY).
The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
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