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GHHN awards $89,777 statewide 
in Conservation Treatment Grants for 2016
Greater Hudson Heritage Network is awarding $89,777.00 in conservation treatment grants to 20 organizations, located in 16 counties of New York State, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

From the eastern end of Long Island to the shores of Lake Erie, these funds will provide treatment by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing, preserving, and making accessible to the public an array of unique objects in collections of New York State's museums, historical and cultural organizations of all sizes.
 
From New York City to the Adirondack foothills, 2016 grants will support conservation needs of the many types of artifacts typically found in art and history museums and historical societies throughout New York State, including a
"friendship" quilt, a circular bas relief in cast plaster, an early 19th century 4-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, Eliza Jumel's French secretaire abbatant desk, two 1916 carrousel horses, a wedding dress bodice and skirt ensemble,  a selection of works of art on paper, lithographs, paintings on canvas and decorative arts. 

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 2016's grants, treatment will be provided by 33 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 53 grant applications were received at Greater Hudson Heritage Network from institutions from 32 counties in New York State, requesting an aggregate of $310,756.43 in grant support.  In all, requests were made for the treatment of 147 objects of which 20 organizational awards totaling $89,777.00 were recommended by a peer panel of conservators, curators, and museum professionals. Of the 20 institutions that received funding, 16 received full funding and 4 received partial funding. 2016 Conservation Treatment Grant awards range from $1,438.00 to $7,500.00.

Of the 53 applicant institutions, twenty-five had budgets under $300,000, had thirteen budgets over $300,000 but below $1 million and fifteen organizations had general operating budgets over $1 million. Organizational operating budgets of 2016's grant recipients span a stunning range from $15,400 to $43 million.
 
Conservation Recipients:
 
Carousel Society of the Niagara Frontier (New York County)
$2,306 for the conservation of two horses to be restored on 1916 carousel; work to be done by Rosa V. Patton
 
Cayuga Museum of History and Art (Cayuga County)
$7,500 for the conservation of portrait of Dr. Sylvester Willard; work to be done by John Sutton, Susan Blakney, Regina Lewis-Middleton of West Lake Conservators
 
Ellenville Public Library & Museum (Ulster County)
$7,500 for the conservation of "friendship" quilt; work to be done by Rebecca T. Johnson-Dibb, Textile Conservation Workshop
 
Fenimore Art Museum (Otsego County)
$5,870 for the conservation of oil on canvas Lake Party at Three Mile Point,1852-1860 by Louis Remy Mignot; work to be done by Thomas J. Branchick, Williamstown Art Conservation Center
 
Historic Cherry Hill (Albany County)
$4,592.74 for the conservation of circular bas relief in cast plaster "Evening" by noted Albany sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer (1817-1904); work to be done by Helene C Gillette-Woodard, Christine Puza of Williamstown Art Conservation Center
 
Historic Huguenot Street (Ulster County)
$2,000 for the conservation of oil on canvas painting of Deborah Bloomer DuBois artist unknown; work to be done by Tom Yost of Yost Conservation
 
Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands (Orange County)
$3,600 for the conservation of oil on millboard painting depicting a view of the Hudson River and surrounding Highlands attributed to artist Thomas Benjamin Pope; work to be done by Conservator Nadia S. Ghannam
 
Hudson River Museum (Westchester County)
$7,000 for the conservation of oil on canvas portrait of Colonel Charles Gilbert attributed to artist J. Redding Kelly; work to be done by Conservator Michele S. Kay 
 
LeRoy Historical Society (Genesee County)
$7,500 for the conservation early 19th century 4-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, known as a "pleasure wagon"; work to be done by Susan Blakney, Regina Lewis-Middleton of West Lake Conservators
 
Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum (dba The Strong) (Monroe County)
$3,054 for the conservation The Landlord's Game handmade by Roy Emerson Stryker (1920s); work to be done by Moya Dumville, Margaret Sutton of West Lake Conservators
 
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester (Monroe County)
$4,496 for the conservation oil on canvas of Emily, ca. 1845 by artist Susan C. Waters (American, 1823 - 1900); work to be done by Susan Blakney, Chiara Kuhns, Theodore Solum of West Lake Conservators
 
Morris-Jumel Mansion (New York County)
$6,100 for the conservation Eliza Jumel's French secretaire abbatant desk (mahogany veneered with a black marble top, brass pulls, and gilt bronze mounts); work to be done by Conservator Olaf Unsoeld
 
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (Oneida County)
$7,500 for the conservation oil on canvas mounted to plywood painting of Edward, Julie and Mary Ames Hitchcock, 1842 by artist Frederick R. Spencer (1806-75); work to be done by Thomas J. Branchick, Williamstown Art Conservation Center
 
Onondaga Historical Association Museum (Onondaga County)
$4,770.04 for the conservation framed whole-plate daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass by Boston photographers, Southworth & Hawes, c. 1845-1848; work to be done by Conservator Ralph Wiegandt
 
Seymour Public Library District (Cayuga County)
$3,217.50 for the conservation of 1898 oil-on-canvas portrait of the Reverend Willis Judson Beecher painted by artist George Henry Story; work to be done by John Sutton, Susan Blakney, Regina Lewis-Middleton of West Lake Conservators
 
Skaneateles Historical Society (Onondaga County)
$2,609.75 for the conservation of framed albumen photographic print "The Skaneateles Yacht Fleet. Photographed Aug 10, 1868"; work to be done by Luisa Casella, Theodore Solum of West Lake Conservators
 
Somers Historical Society (Westchester County)
$3,000 for the conservation of Hallock Wedding Dress bodice and skirt ensemble constructed from silk floral brocade, circa late 1870s; work to be done by Alison Castaneda, Textile Conservation Workshop
 
Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences (Richmond County)
$2,230 for the conservation of graphite pencil and crayons on cream wove paper of abstract landscape drawing by Arshile Gorky; charcoal, chalk, pencil, cream wove paper portrait of George William Curtis, drawing by Samuel Lawrence; and charcoal, chalk, off-white wove paper portrait of Anna Shaw Curtis, drawing by Samuel Lawrence; work to be done by Paige Walker, Terrance D'Ambrosio, Michael Lee, Suzanne Martin Gramly of Northeast Document Conservation Center
 
Wilderstein Preservation (Dutchess County)
$1,438.35 for the conservation circa 1850s framed "Woolie," a form of nautical needlework; work to be done by Abby L. Zoldowski,  A to Z Textile Conservation
 
Wildlife Conservation Society Library and Archives (Bronx County)
$3,492.62 for the conservation of animal silhouettes created by the illustrator Ugo Mochi for his masterpiece, 'Hoofed Mammals of the World' (1953); work to be done by Conservator Paula Schrynemakers


Greater Hudson Heritage Network's Conservation Treatment Grant Program is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 
Image: Iroquois deer hide leather coat, Onondaga Historical Association. After Treatment