Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) has partnered with the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for $50,000 to provide dedicated funding for Nassau and Suffolk County museums through the 2020 Conservation Treatment Grant Program.
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation will provide additional dedicated support for conservation treatment projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. These additional dedicated funds will be made available during the 2020 Conservation Treatment Grant program grant year.
The Conservation Treatment Grant provides support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing, preserving, and making accessible to the public an array of unique objects ‘at risk’ in collections of Nassau and Suffolk County museums, historical and cultural organizations of all sizes.
Grants will support conservation needs of the many types of artifacts typically found in art and history museums and historical societies throughout Long Island.
Past CTG conservation support has included: oil on canvas painting Hells Gate by Ernest Lawson, c1910 from the Suffolk County Historical Society; Civil War frock coat and kepi from the Sayville Historical Society; a pair of Franco-Flemish limestone statues from Old Westbury Gardens; seven carriages and two sleighs from the Long Island Museum; hand-drawn, hand-watercolored Map of the Western Hemisphere drawn by Elizabeth Mount, 1822 from the Three Village Historical Society; oil on canvas painting Street in Brittany by Louis Comfort Tiffany, c1870s from the Nassau County Museum of Art; and a 49-block, Album-style Potholder Quilt made circa 1850 from the Southold Historical Society.
Grants are awarded for prioritized, urgently needed conservation of objects that, once treated, will impact public interpretive programs, exhibitions and education. Nassau and Suffolk County non-profit organizations with stewardship responsibility for cultural collections, (but without in-house conservation staff) are eligible applicants. 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.
These grants lead to public impact outcomes beyond the actual conservation of museum objects, including new interest in Nassau and Suffolk Counties 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.
Launched in 2000, the Conservation Treatment GrantProgram is a partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the GHHN.
More information on the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is available on their website.
More information on the Greater Hudson Heritage Network is available on their website.
Portrait of Robert Morris Russell (1832) by William Sydney Mount, Long Island Museum, Gift of the Estate of Sarah B. Russell, 1956.