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Bowdoin Receives Luce Foundation Grant for its Collections of American Art

Story posted February 15, 1997


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College has received a grant from the American Collections Enhancement (ACE) initiative of the Henry Luce Foundation for $150,000 to support a three-year project to catalogue the Bowdoin College Museum of Art's American paintings, watercolors, drawings, monotypes, collages, and sculptures.

This grant enables the museum to hire a scholar to catalogue the American collections and to represent the museum nationally to historians, curators, and collectors of American art. At the conclusion of the three-year project, the American collections will be catalogued with a full written text.

A series of public lectures related to the ongoing research on the American collections will be scheduled at the College during the grant period. The speakers will be invited from the group of published scholars whose work is most frequently consulted by the cataloguer.

The Henry Luce Foundation, based in New York City, was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc. With assets of $500 million, the foundation supports programs of American art, higher education, Asian studies, theology, public affairs, and women in science and engineering. It is the only major foundation with an art program devoted exclusively to American art. Since the inception of the program in 1982, the foundation has contributed over $40 million to 150 museums, universities, and service organizations in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

The ACE initiative is a five-year program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation to support mid-sized museums that have significant holdings of American art. The purpose is to highlight important collections, those that have a specific strength, or a wide breadth, or a regional strength that has overall importance to the study of American art, which are not widely known. The Foundation will invite appropriate institutions to apply. The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, recognized nationally for its collections of American art which are among the earliest in the country, was encouraged to submit an application by the Luce Foundation.

Other institutions that will receive grants from the ACE initiative are the Newark Museum in Newark, N.J.; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, N.Y.; San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas, and Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, its programs and exhibitions are open to the public free of charge. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and national holidays.

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