The Faces of Gadsden Arts

Gadsden Arts awarded an IMLS Grant

Gadsden Arts awarded an IMLS Grant

Across the country, art museums build permanent collections to preserve, study, and share the artistic and cultural heritage of our communities. In support of that effort, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum for America Collection Stewardship Grant. Gadsden Arts was one of 133 projects selected for funding of the 472 applications from across the country.

The Museums for America Grant will equip the newly constructed Margaret M. Thrower Collections Area with museum quality art storage racks, shelving for sculptures, and a wall-mounted textile screen to better house and care for objects in the Gadsden Arts Permanent Collection. This equipment will triple storage capacity for two-dimensional collection pieces such as paintings, drawings, and prints, and create designated sculpture storage. 

Rendering of the Thrower Vault with art storageThe focus of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s mission to collect and preserve our artistic and cultural heritage is upon contemporary art from the Southeastern United States. The organization seeks to collect work from a list of regionally and nationally known artists who live and work, or have roots in our community. Gadsden Arts also continues to build a significant collection of Southern Vernacular Art, an important genre of art that was developed from the mid-to end of the 20th century. With the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) acquisition of similar work in 2015, Southern Vernacular Art is recognized as some of the most important American Contemporary Art of its time. The Gadsden Arts collection includes work by nationally recognized artists, including Thornton Dial, Sr., Purvis Young, Lonnie Holley, O.L. Samuels, and Mr. Eddy Mumma. 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. They advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development. Their vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

“As centers of learning and catalysts of community change, libraries and museums connect people with programs, services, collections, information, and new ideas in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They serve as vital spaces where people can connect with each other,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “IMLS is proud to support their work through our grant making as they inform and inspire all in their communities.”

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services MA-31-18-0383-18

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  • 15 November 2018
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