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La Salle University Art Museum Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
The La Salle University Art Museum has been awarded a competitive, prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions as part of the “We the People” project. This project reaffirms the Art Museum's ongoing commitment to conservation, one of its core responsibilities as an institution connected with a school of higher learning and a mission to foster an understanding and appreciation of art.
This grant allows the Art Museum to hire a professional, outside conservator to undertake a detailed survey of 133 Indian Miniatures in the Art Museum’s permanent collection. Because of the kinds of pigments artists’ employed in creating these diminutive works, it is necessary for a trained specialist to closely examine each work under a microscope to detect instability that might not be visible to the naked eye and to accurately gauge the stability of the paint.
La Salle’s Indian Miniatures collection ranges from early 15th-century Jainist illuminated manuscript pages from Gujurat, or Rajasthan, including Mahavira, the Great Savior of the Jain, dated 1467, to delicate Mughal paintings, such as the 18th-century A Youth Visits the Wilderness Retreat of His Sufi Master to Hindu subjects, such as the Goddess Durga Slaying the Elephant Demon, an example from the short-lived, Western and Folk Art-influenced 19th-century Kalighat School centered around the Kalighat Temple in Calcutta (modern Kalighat).
The detailed conservation survey is a first step towards preparing these paintings for exhibition and further study. The results of this survey will be used to pursue conservation treatments in the future. Conservation treatment of the artworks that have need will preserve and stabilize them to insure their longevity as significant, original works of art and so that they may be safely exhibited to the public.
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. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday and Sundays 2-4. 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.
We the People is an NEH program designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles. http://www.wethepeople.gov/grants/index.html
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. To visit NEH's Web site, click here.