Proposals are now being accepted for the 2020 Bank of America Art Conservation Project. Nonprofit cultural institutions with artwork requiring much-needed conservation are welcome and encouraged to apply at www.bankofamerica.com/artconservation. All proposals must be submitted before Thursday, April 30 to be eligible for funding in 2020.
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration, including objects that have been designated as national treasures. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program, which began in 2010 when the first 14 grants were made to institutions throughout Europe and the Middle East. Projects that year included “Winged Victory of Samothrace” at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, Picasso’s “Woman in Blue” at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Maclise’s “The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife” at the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Cosmati Pavement at Westminster Abbey in London.
Since 2010, the program has provided grants for more than 170 projects in 33 countries on six continents. In total, 150 nonprofit organizations have benefitted from the grants and more than 3,000 pieces – including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, textiles, documents and archaeological pieces – have been conserved. These works, which span our collective history from the ninth century B.C. to the present day, are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art.
In 2019, 22 grants were awarded to restore and conserve works including:
“When we launched the Bank of America Art Conservation Project a decade ago, our goal was to conserve and protect cultural heritage,” said Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive for Bank of America. “Each year, we continue to be impressed with the breadth and quality of the projects, and we look forward to reviewing this year’s submissions as we celebrate 10 years of preservation. The Art Conservation Project is just one demonstration of our belief in the power of art to help economies thrive, educate and enrich societies, and create greater cultural understanding.”
Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Bank of America Art Conservation team, as well as members of the company’s Art Conservation Project Advisory Panel, which includes: Barbara Buckley, The Barnes Foundation; Nick Dorman, Seattle Art Museum; Mark Lewis, Chrysler Museum of Art; Merv Richard, National Gallery of Art; Laura Rivers, J. Paul Getty Museum; Stefan Simon, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation; and Lena Stringari, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
For a complete list of our 2019 selections, please review the 2019 Art Conservation Project Recipient booklet.
The Art Conservation Project is a key element of Bank of America’s program of arts support worldwide, and part of the company’s environmental, social and governance program. Through the Art Conservation Project, programs like Museums on Us, loaning exhibitions through the Art in Our Communities program, and sponsorships and grants, we support a wide range of both local and world-class organizations. Our program is designed to have a positive impact on economies and societies throughout the world, and shine a light on diverse cultural traditions. Through steadfast and strategic support, we have become one of the world’s leading corporate supporters of the arts. To learn more about our arts and culture support and programs, please visit bankofamerica.com/arts.
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