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Bank of America Announces 2016 Art Conservation Project Grant Recipients

Grants Will Provide Needed Funding for Restoration of 21 Historic Works of Art Across the Globe

Monday, November 14, 2016 10:00 am EST


New York City
"Our Art Conservation Project allows us to preserve the efforts of artists throughout time and across the globe. Art serves as a record of cultural and human achievement and experience, and is something that should be honored with care and learning"

Bank of America has announced that it will provide funding to 21 projects in six countries as part of the company’s 2016 global Art Conservation Project. Works that will benefit from this year’s grants include “The Blue Boy” (1770) by Thomas Gainsborough; “Weeping Willow” (1918–1919) by Claude Monet; works by Salvador Dalí; a sixth-century haniwa (terracotta tomb figure) at the Tokyo National Museum - the only haniwa example designated as a National Treasure; and approximately 100 textiles and related objects from the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University’s South and Central Americas collections.

The unique program provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for more than 100 projects in 29 countries.

“Our Art Conservation Project allows us to preserve the efforts of artists throughout time and across the globe. Art serves as a record of cultural and human achievement and experience, and is something that should be honored with care and learning,” said Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive, Bank of America. “Importantly, the program allows works that otherwise could not travel and be widely seen to be shared anew with the public today and in the future.”

The 2016 grant recipients were recognized at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, where museum and bank executives viewed the oil painting by Édouard Manet, “Woman in Evening Dress” (1877-80) currently undergoing conservation. As a 2015 Art Conservation Project grant recipient, funding allowed treatment of the painting and an in-depth study of the work’s composition and motifs with curators and art historians. The conservation has revealed the richness and form of the painting, as well as insight into Manet’s artistic process. The piece will be featured in the Guggenheim’s exhibition “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim,” on view from February 10 through September 6, 2017.

In 2016, works will be restored in nonprofit museums across six countries and in 16 U.S. cities. Museums receiving grants are:

  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas

  • Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.

  • Centro de las Artes in Santiago, Chile

  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

  • The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • The Frick Pittsburgh in Pittsburg, Penn.

  • Denver Art Museum in Denver

  • The Glass House in New Canaan, Conn.

  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif.

  • Istanbul Archaeological Museum (IAMs) in Istanbul

  • Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University in Atlanta

  • Missouri History Museum in St. Louis

  • Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

  • Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro

  • Newark Museum in Newark, N.J.

  • Pérez Art Museum in Miami

  • Seattle Art Museum and Asian Art Museum in Seattle

  • Tokyo National Museum in Tokyo

  • The Wallace Collection in London


For a full description of the 2016 projects and images, please visit the Art Conservation Project website.

The Art Conservation Project is a component of Bank of America’s global program of arts support and a key element of its commitment to delivering both social and economic value to the community. Its support for the arts is diverse panning both the visual and performing arts – and global. The program includes loans of its private art collection to museums at no cost, sponsorships, and grants to arts organizations for arts education, as well as the preservation of cultural treasures.

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