Thursday, July 24, 2014
On Monday, July 21, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $34 million in grants for 177 humanities projects. The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to be one of two recipients in the state of South Carolina with an award in the amount of $250,000 to improve storage conditions for the Gibbes Museum's collections, which focus on American art. Storage furniture will be installed in a new collections suite that is being created as part of the major renovation and expansion of the museum, which will begin in the fall. The renovation and storage/study suite will go far to help make this knowledge accessible to diverse audiences and add richness to the visitor experience.
“The National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support these exceptional research, educational and public programs in the humanities,” said NEH Acting Chairman Carole Watson. “The projects made possible by these grants will enrich our knowledge of our history and ourselves, encourage reflection on the traditions and values that have shaped our culture, and help preserve and make accessible our nation's diverse wealth of humanities materials and resources.”
“We are thrilled to receive this wonderful recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities as the Gibbes Museum is at a defining moment in its history,” says Zinnia Willits, director of collections administration and project manager for the grant. “The storage project is at the core of our renovation design to ensure long-term, energy-efficient, sustainable preservation upon the collection's return.”