The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum Completes Collections Storage Assessment with Funding from the National Endowment for Humanities
Woodstock, NY: The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) recently completed a storage assessment of the approximately 2,100 works of art in their Permanent Collection. The assessment was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities‘ (NEH) Humanities Preservation Assistance for Small Institutions Program and was completed by the conservators of the Natural Heritage Trust / New York State Office of Parks, Recreations, and Historic Preservation’s (OPRHP) Bureau of Historic Sites. Completion of the assessment coincides with the 30thanniversary of the WAAM Permanent Collection, which was founded in 1973 to preserve and promote the work of important artists associated with the Woodstock art colony such as Milton Avery, George Bellows, Philip Guston, and Doris Lee.
The goal of the assessment was to provide short and long-term recommendations for enhancing collection care at the WAAM, in keeping with the Association’s mission to provide stewardship of the region’s cultural heritage. In the review process, the WAAM Permanent Collection staff was commended on several points concerning care of the collection, particularly for efforts to maximize space in storage vaults.
The assessment was undertaken in conjunction with similar evaluations conducted recently at WAAM’s partner organizations in the Hudson Valley Visual Arts Collection Consortium, including the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. The Consortium, which also includes the Women’s Studio Workshop, is working collaboratively on an online digital database of the five organizations’ collections to be launched next year. The Consortium also has the long-term goal of a shared, state-of-the-art collection storage facility and study center.
The WAAM is the primary repository of art and archival materials relating to the Woodstock Art Colony, which has a long history as one of the most vibrant centers for the arts and humanities in the United States. The historical and civic value of our Permanent Collection is significant. This growing collection now consists of roughly 2100 works of art by over 400 different artists, most recognized nationally and internationally for their contribution to American art history. The works in the collection range from 1905 with those created at the Arts and Crafts Colony known as Byrdcliffe, through the Depression era during which Woodstock artists served as WPA supervisors and grantees, through the mid- and late-20th century reflecting the development of Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and other movements, and into the first decade of the current century. For more information, visit www.woodstockart.org.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. Grants strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges, facilitate research and original scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources, and/or strengthen the institutional base of the humanities. Visit www.neh.gov for more information.
Executive Director and Curator of the Permanent Collection
Woodstock Artists Association & Museum / WAAM
28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498