Bank of America Art Conservation Project Announces Call for 2014 Grant Submissions

  Bank of America Art Conservation Project Announces Call for 2014 Grant

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- November 19, 2013

Bank of America continues to expand its global effort to preserve culturally
important works of art, today announcing a request for grant applications from
global art institutions. Applications for the Bank of America Art Conservation
Project are welcome from all nonprofit cultural institutions with significant
works of art requiring conservation. The deadline for submissions is January
17, 2014 and applicants can submit proposals online at

The Bank of Art Conservation Project is a unique program that provides grants
to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or
culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since
the program’s launch in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums
in 25 countries for 57 conservation projects. These include Gustave Courbet’s
monumental “The Painter’s Studio” at Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Pablo Picasso’s
“Woman Ironing” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, a 16th century
eight-fold screen by Kanō Eitoku, designated as a national treasure by the
Japanese government, at the Tokyo National Museum and a collection of
paintings by Gerard Sekoto at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

“Art has a unique ability to both connect people across cultures and help
communities thrive,” said Rena DeSisto, International Corporate Social
Responsibility and Global Arts and Culture executive at Bank of America. “This
program allows us to have a direct impact on art conservation worldwide while
shining a light on the need for employing conservation professionals, making
it more viable for works of art to be loaned or kept on display and to
preserve these important cultural treasures for generations to come.”

The Bank of America Art Conservation Project is a key component of the bank’s
global commitment to supporting the arts, which includes a multi-tiered
program of sponsorships and grants as well as loans of full exhibitions from
its own collection to nonprofit museums around the world.

Grant recipients in the U.S. have included: The Detroit Institute of Arts; The
Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Miami Art
Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas
City; New Bedford Free Public Library; Philadelphia Museum of Art; National
Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Seattle Art Museum; and The Menil
Collection, Houston, among others. For a full list and description of projects
and images, please visit

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