Bank of America Announces 2019 Art Conservation Project Grant Selections

Grants Will Provide Funding for 22 Cultural Restoration Projects Across the Globe

October 17, 2019 at 3:01 AM Eastern

Bank of America has today announced today grant funding to 22 major art restoration projects in nine countries and 11 U.S. cities and Puerto Rico through the 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project. The project provides grant funding to nonprofit cultural institutions throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration.

Since the Art Conservation Project began in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to conserve paintings, sculptures, archaeological and architectural pieces that are critically important to cultural heritage and the history of art. This year’s grant recipients include:

  • “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh – The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
  • “Spring” by Georgia O’Keeffe – Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • “Portrait of Madame Josette Gris” by Juan Gris – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
  • A diverse selection of works at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • “Scènes des massacres de Scio (The Massacre at Chios)” by Eugene Delacroix – Musée du Louvre, Paris

“With the 2019 selections, we have now been able to fund the conservation of 170 projects in 33 countries. We are gratified to be a part of extending the lifespan of cultural treasures from around the world,” said Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive, Bank of America.

As one of this year’s selections, the works being preserved by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico are part of a museum-driven conservation project following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. This year’s grant selections are also enabling Le Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince to conserve a selection of paintings rescued from the January 2010 earthquake.

Additional conservation projects will take place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. “As we open a re-imagined MoMA, with an approach that’s new for us and our visitors, the vital importance of conservation and the expert work of our conservators have never been more essential,” said Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art. “Bank of America's continuing support of conservation helps us ensure we can maintain our collection for future generations.

The full list of museums receiving grants through the 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project includes:

  • American Museum of Natural History, New York City
  • Cambridge University Library, United Kingdom
  • Casa del Teatro, Buenos Aires
  • Constitutional Court Trust, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Ind.
  • Kansong Art and Culture Foundation, Seoul
  • Le Centre d’Art, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Musée du Louvre, Paris
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
  • Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Okla.
  • Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky.
  • Tate Modern, London
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York City

For full descriptions of the 2019 projects and to view images of the artwork, please click here to download the Bank of America Art Conservation Project 2019 Selections brochure.

The Art Conservation Project is an important element of Bank of America’s support of the arts worldwide. Bank of America believes in the power of the arts to help economies thrive, to educate and enrich societies, and to create greater cultural understanding. As a leader in helping the arts flourish across the globe, the company supports more than 2,000 nonprofit cultural institutions each year. Bank of America’s art program is part of the company’s commitment to grow responsibly while bringing value to economies, society and the communities it serves. For more information, please click here.


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