PRESS RELEASE August 24, 2012
The Painting, "A Dull Day," by Benjamin Fitz
“Southold Historical Society receives prestigious Conservation Grant!”
SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce that it will receive a $1500 grant for the conservation treatment of a late nineteenth century American Barbizon style picture frame, original to the painting “A Dull Day” by B.R. Fritz, dating to 1886. The work to be done by conservator Rhonda Feinman of Rhonda Feinman Custom Picture Frames. The Greater Hudson Heritage Network, which made the grant, awarded $90,475.62 in conservation treatment grants to 21 organizations, located in 16 counties of New York, in association with the Museum Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency. From Lockport to Long Island, 2012 grants will support conservation needs of the many types of artifacts typically found in art and history museums in this region, including textiles; period clothing; needlework; girandole mirror; flags; paintings and frames; sculpture; works on paper; decorative arts; maps; carriages; antiquities; ship's figurehead; and children's games. Grants are awarded for prioritized, urgently needed conservation of objects that, once treated, will impact public interpretive programs, exhibitions and education. Non-profit organizations with stewardship responsibility for cultural collections, (but without in-house conservation staff) were eligible applicants; state or federally owned collections are ineligible for support. Grant funding can treat paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, sculpture, ethnographic, historical and decorative objects, and may also support accompanying professional treatment of frames, supports, stands and mounts if integral to the final public presentation of the object, after conservation. Greater Hudson Heritage Network strives to provide support for conservation treatments that are executed on the highest professional level. The field of conservation is continually changing, with pioneering research and dissemination of findings on innovative materials and techniques. Although there are many paths into the field of conservation, we acknowledge practitioners who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency and advanced knowledge, adherence to the ethics and standards of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC), and are recognized for their expertise in the museum field. In 2012's grants, treatment will be provided by 21 individual conservators. These grants lead to public impact outcomes beyond the actual conservation of museum objects, including new interest in the state's incredibly varied collections, and increased public awareness of the museum's role as steward, and has proven a spark to further institutional, strategic, financial and long-range conservation planning. Beyond these outcomes, grant recipients report that Conservation Treatment funding prompts greater use of collections (for exhibition, web content and loan), enhanced interpretive capability, and expanded opportunities to educate the public about art, history, humanities, the science of conservation, and museum work, itself. This year 49 grant applications were received at Greater Hudson from institutions from 26 counties of New York State, requesting an aggregate of $281,323.82 in grant support. In all, requests were made for the treatment of 119 artifacts of which 21 awards totaling $90,475.62 were recommended by a peer panel of conservators, curators, and museum professionals. Of the 21 institutions that received funding 13 received full funding, 8 received partial funding. 2012 Conservation Treatment Grant awards range from $1,609 to $7,500. Seventeen of the applicants were applying to the Conservation Treatment Grant program for the first time. Of these 49 applicant institutions, eighteen had budgets under $300,000, fifteen had budgets over $300,000 but below $1 million, and sixteen organizations had general operating budgets over $1 million. Organizational operating budgets of 2012's grant recipients span a stunning range from $3,300 to 17.4 million.