Milwaukee Art Museum Awarded IMLS Grant

Posted on September 26th, 2013

Milwaukee Art Museum awarded IMLS grant
Money will be used to improve and expand central vault

Milwaukee, Wis. – The Milwaukee Art Museum has been awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of its “Museums for America” program. The grant will help the Museum prepare for a major renovation and collection reinstallation, scheduled to begin in 2014.

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Museums for America program, support efforts such as ours to strengthen the Museum’s ability to meet its mission and serve its public,” said Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. “Without this grant we would not be able to implement our goals of a new and invigorated collections reinstallation that protects and preserves the art, while meeting the needs of a twenty-first century audience.”

According to the grant specifications, the Milwaukee Art Museum will improve and expand its central paintings vault. When completed, this project will double the storage capacity of the paintings vault and improve access to the Museum’s collection for visitors, students, researchers, and staff. The installation of additional painting storage screens will improve accessibility to the collection during reinstallation and beyond, and reduce the risks to the collection from offsite travel and storage, as well as save hundreds of thousands of dollars in offsite storage costs.

“The Museum is deeply grateful to IMLS for their generosity, and we look forward to putting this money to a worthwhile cause,” said Keegan.

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. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2013, the Milwaukee Art Museum houses a rich collection of over 30,000 works, with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, American decorative arts, and folk and self-taught art. The Museum campus is located on the shores of Lake Michigan and spans three buildings, including the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion and the Eero Saarinen-designed Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. For more information, please visit mam.org.