Taubman Museum of Art to Participate in Heritage Preservation's Conservation Assessment Program

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For Immediate Release

Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce the Taubman Museum of Art has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). The Taubman Museum of Art joins the 2,800 museums that have participated in CAP in its twenty-two year history of serving museums. Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections, and recommend ways to correctly improve collections conditions. Heritage Preservation’s President, Lawrence L. Reger, praised Taubman Museum of Art for “making the vital work of caring for collections a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections. A professional conservator will spend two days surveying the site and three days preparing a comprehensive report that will identify conservation priorities. The on-site consultation will enable the Taubman Museum of Art to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures, and environmental conditions. The assessment report will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections. According to executive director Della Watkins, by participating in CAP, “The Taubman Museum of Art expects to embrace recommendations for ways it can even more rigorously manage, document, care for, and use its collections.”

The Taubman Museum of Art is located at 110 Salem Avenue in Roanoke, VA, and specializes in American art. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, with Thursday’s and the first Friday each month’s hours extending until 9 pm.  Two exhibits open during the 56th Annual Sidewalk Art Show: Summer Lovin’: Selections from the Collection and Jennifer D. Anderson: Resolute Understandings of Fragile Things (a collaborative project with Hollins University and Ferrum College students). Also the museum is looking forward to its summer group of exhibitions opening on June 14: Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region and Don’t Need for None: Films by Kevin Jerome Everson.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage. To learn more about Heritage Preservation, please visit www.heritagepreservation.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The Institute provides leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.