Bank of America Announces Applications Now Open for 2017 Art Conservation Project Grants

March 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM Eastern

Bank of America continues to make its mark as one of the world’s leading corporate supporters of the arts, and announces that grant applications are now open for the 2017 Bank of America Arts Conservation Project. The company welcomes and encourages applications from nonprofit cultural institutions with art requiring conservation. 

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. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants for more than 100 projects in 29 countries and six continents.

Last year, Bank of America awarded grants for the restoration of notable works including: “The Blue Boy” (1770) by Thomas Gainsborough at The Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif.; the “Virgin of Valvanera” (c. 1710) by Cristobal de Villalpando at the Denver Art Museum; three masterworks by Salvador Dalí at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla.; a sixth-century haniwa (terracotta tomb figure) at the Tokyo National Museum; three major sculptures by Roberto Matta at Centro de las Artes in Santiago, Chile; three paintings by Joan Mitchell at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.; and approximately 100 textiles and related objects from the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University’s South and Central Americas collections.

“The Bank of America Art Conservation Project helps meet a critical need to conserve and protect significant artwork from around the world that might otherwise be neglected or even irreparably lost,” said Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive for Bank of America. “Each year, we are impressed with the breadth and quality of grant applications we receive, and we look forward to reviewing this year’s entries. We remain strong advocates for art conservation because we believe in the power of art to connect people across communities, cultures and countries.”

Previous Bank of America Arts Conservation Project grant recipients in the U.S. have included:

  1. Museum of Modern Art, New York
  2. San Francisco Arts Commission (Coit Tower murals)
  3. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
  4. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  5. Heard Museum, Phoenix
  6. Perez Art Museum, Miami
  7. Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  8. Harriett Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
  9. Perez Art Museum, Miami
  10. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  11. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  12. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Watts Towers)
  13. Seattle Art Museum
  14. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit
  15. Menil Collection, Houston

Through programs like the Art Conservation Project, Bank of America aims to make an impact on economies and societies throughout the world, and remains one of the world’s leading corporate supporters of arts organizations globally.

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