Bank of America Announces 2017 Art Conservation Project Grant Recipients

October 30, 2017 at 10:13 AM Eastern

Bank of America announces that the company will provide grant funding to 21 major art restoration projects in six countries, through the 2017 Bank of America Art Conservation Project. A selection of the historically and culturally significant works in danger of deterioration that will benefit from the grants includes:

  • “The Assumption of the Virgin” (1577-1579) by El Greco at The Art Institute of Chicago

  • “Untitled (Three Dancing Figures, version C),” a 1989 outdoor sculpture by Keith Haring in Des Moines, Iowa

  • The Farnese Sarcophagus (circa 225 C.E.), a 7,500-pound Roman Severan period piece at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

  • 21 works by Romare Bearden and other African American artists, at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

  • “Femmes à leur toilette” (1937-1938) by Pablo Ruiz Picasso at Musée national Picasso in Paris


Since the Art Conservation Project began in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for more than 120 projects in 30 countries on six continents to conserve paintings, sculptures, and archaeological pieces that are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art.

“The Art Conservation Project is a major part of our commitment to provide pathways to greater cultural understanding and contribute to healthy economies around the globe,” said Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive, Bank of America. “On one level, the wide-ranging selection of artistic treasures we have helped to conserve over the past seven years expresses our appreciation of the diverse heritage of our 200,000 employees, and how that rich history benefits our company and clients. It also reflects Bank of America’s belief that, ultimately, these treasures belong to us all.”

The full list of museums receiving grants through the 2017 Bank of America Art Conservation Project includes:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago

  • The Bode-Museum in Berlin, Germany

  • Brooklyn Museum in New York

  • Cleveland Museum of Art

  • The Courtauld Gallery in London

  • Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif.

  • Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Del.

  • Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa

  • Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston

  • James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa.

  • Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art

  • Musée national Picasso-Paris

  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid

  • North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, N.C.

  • Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan

  • San Diego Museum of Art

  • Tate Modern in London

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York

For full descriptions of the 2017 projects and to view images of the artwork, please download the “Bank of America Art Conservation Project 2017 Recipients” brochure.

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. The support Bank of America provides for the arts is global in scope and diverse, spanning both the visual and performing arts. 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. For more information, please visit the Art Conservation Project website.


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