The Amon Carter Museum of American Art received a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for $150,000. The grant will support the museum’s Connecting to Exhibitions digitization project, a multi-year project that will give unprecedented access to the Amon Carter’s comprehensive exhibition history.
“Our grants are highly competitive,” says Susan H. Hildreth, IMLS director. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding. Receiving a grant from IMLS is a significant achievement, and we congratulate the Amon Carter for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.”
The digitization project will connect the Amon Carter’s collections and exhibitions to a larger collection of digital records of American art. The digital collection will repurpose existing digital records and installation photographs to create a web-based resource. Researchers will be able to cross-reference museum collections, exhibitions and artist information.
Amon Carter’s digitization goal is to create free access to exhibition records and to increase the museum’s transparency. Online visitors will see records for several hundred exhibitions, an art work’s individual exhibition history and other documents. The online resource will become a valuable tool for the study of American art.
This prestigious grant will extend the lifespan of temporary exhibitions so that even the museum’s installations from its inaugural year continue to serve today’s users as a valuable educational resource,” says Andrew J. Walker, director.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded several other Museums for America grants to Texas museums.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science received $150,000 to expand their museum-based professional development offerings for Dallas-area teachers.
The El Paso Museum of Art received $149,762 to expand their museum school and library programming for preschoolers, ages 3-5, and their parents.
The Harrison Country Historical Museum in Marshall, Texas received $150,000 to complete the final design, production and installation of a permanent exhibit, “Service and Sacrifice: Harrison county at War”.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The Amon Carter has extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Current exhibitions include
- Benito Huerta: Axis Mundi v.2 through January 11, 2015
- Alfred Stieglitz: The Art of Photogravure through October 19, 2014
- No Place Like Home: American Scene Painting in the Sinquefield Collection through October 19, 2014
- Lone Star Portraits through May 17, 2015
- Fresh Perspectives: Benito Huerta and the Collection through January 11, 2015
- Meet Me at the Trinity: Photographs by Terry Evans through January 25, 2015
For more information visit cartermuseum.org