We invited our Art in Bloom Sponsors for a Behind the Scenes tour and were delighted at the response. Yesterday offered gorgeous weather, but still the group joined us to tour the storage area, to learn about our efforts to expand our storage, and to learn a little bit about "tricks of the trade." They saw how a painting looks before and after restoration,and how we plan exhibitions using a scale model. Our registrar, Barbara Lovejoy, who is in charge of caring for the collection, gave a tour of storage, explaining how we preserve and keep track of the over 4500 works in our permanent collection. The museum recently received a grant for $50,000 form the Institute of Museum and Library Services to purchase new storage racks and expand our capacity, as well as materials to better store works on paper.
With fabric cascading from the ceiling and works featuring subjects such as meat, decay and flowers, an exhibition by the UK School of Art and Visual Studies will open tomorrow evening to our members. It was a hard show to install, but fun to look at!
Our new intern, graduate student Alisa Reynolds, is working in the curatorial and education departments this year, learning the museum "trade." Today she is helping with the installation of the Faculty exhibition, called Mettle. She is handling a sculpture by professor Garry Bibbs.