Reece Museum receives funds to protect art and artifacts01.14.2006
JOHNSON CITY, TN ? The state of Tennessee has awarded the Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University museum grant funds which will be used to upgrade the special lighting needed to protect the works the museum displays.
The grant comes from $400,000 appropriated in 2005 by Tennessee's 104th General Assembly for not-for-profit museums across the state. Over 200 facilities are receiving checks for around $1,950.
"The museum will use the funds to help purchase filters for a number of light fixtures in the building," said Anita DeAngelis, interim director of ETSU's museum. "Excessive light and ultraviolet light is extremely damaging to the art and artifacts in our collections on display, causing colors to fade and items to deteriorate. Most pieces in our collections were donated by community members with the understanding that the museum would provide proper stewardship. It's appropriate that we would apply for and spend state money to protect items that are held in public trust. While the funding will not allow us to filter all of our lights, we will now be able to purchase filters for some of the most critical areas in the museum."
Without an admission fee or a museum gift shop to help raise funds, the Reece Museum relies upon state funding through ETSU and through Tennessee Higher Education Commission appropriations for the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, of which the museum is a part, for the majority of its operating costs. According to DeAngelis, donations from the public and grant awards are especially significant for the programming, conservation efforts and other operations of the museum.
For more information, call DeAngelis at (423) 439-4392.