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Detroit Institute of Arts Receives Grants from Henry Luce Foundation and Terra Foundation for American Art - Funds to pay for gallery repairs, exhibition planning
Monday, October 25, 2010
October 25, 2010 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) was recently awarded two grants in support of the museum’s outstanding American art collection: $190,000 for repair and maintenance of the museum’s American Wing galleries from the Henry Luce Foundation, and $250,000 from the Terra Foundation for American Art to support an exhibition by American artist Frederic Edwin Church, who painted the masterpiece Cotopaxi, a favorite with DIA visitors from around the world.
“We are extremely grateful to both the Luce and Terra foundations,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “They have stepped up during a difficult economic time to assist us in making vital renovations to the infrastructure of our American art galleries and to continue planning an exhibition we expect will be very popular with our visitors.”
Most of The Henry Luce Foundation grant will support replacement of the DIA’s antiquated perimeter heating system in the American wing, but some funds may be used to support the maintenance of the American Galleries including the rotation of light-sensitive materials, the removal and replacement of objects that are being loaned to other institutions, and the display of recent gifts or purchases.
The museum began work on the 1927 building’s perimeter heating system in June, and completed it earlier this month. The project entailed demolition, installation of new pipes and radiators, and wall repairs, which will result in more efficient heating and cooling in the American galleries.
The grant is part of the Henry Luce Foundation’s American Art Renewal Fund program, developed to respond to the economic downturn and the current need to strengthen American art activities at the nation’s museums.
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