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La Salle University Art Museum Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Museum was one of 39 museums out of a pool of 120 applicants to receive the grant. Awarded through a competitive peer review process, the Conservation Projects Support awards help museums identify their conservation needs and priorities and perform activities to ensure the long-term safety of their collections. These grants also help museums develop a logical, institution-wide approach to caring for the works they own. The program is an essential component of the Institute's goal of sustaining cultural heritage as a means of creating and sustaining a nation of learners.
The project will survey the La Salle University Art Museum's most vulnerable and threatened works from its two most important collection areas, paintings and drawings. Artworks to be surveyed include Landscape with Pilgrims at a Grotto (1620) by important Flemish landscape painter Joos de Momper; the Surrealist painting Temptation of Saint Anthony (1945–46) by Dorothea Tanning; Study for Portrait of Neil Welliver (1964) by American figurative Pop artist Alex Katz; and studies by Benjamin West, the first American painter to be widely respected in Europe. The completed survey will act as a step towards arranging conservation treatments for the Museum's most seriously compromised works. In addition, the IMLS grant will ensure that such works are source of education and enjoyment for the La Salle Community and the general public for generations to come.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit http://www.imls.gov.
The La Salle University Art Museum is located on the lower level of Olney Hall on the campus of La Salle University at 19th St. and Olney Ave. Summer hours through August 7 are 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Thursday, closed Friday through Sunday. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Classes and group visits by appointment. Special tours can be arranged. For further information call 215-951-1221 or visit our website at http://www.lasalle.edu/museum.