Thursday, December 17, 2009
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded Dr. Julie Risser, Director of the American Museum of Asmat Art at the University of St. Thomas (AMAA@UST), a grant of $6,000 for her "Climate Monitoring and Climate Improvement for Short-term and Long-term Preservation Needs" project. Risser applied for a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions back in May 2009.
The grant supports environmental monitoring equipment, including dataloggers, a hygrothermograph, and UV light meter. It also supports supplies for improving environmental conditions in storage, as well as training in environmental monitoring, emergency preparedness, response and recovery, and storage solutions.
Risser noted that the equipment and the training contribute to the AMAA@UST’s efforts to employ best museum practices and maintain the most appropriate environment for objects in the collections. It also makes it possible to train graduate students in the Art History department on how to use high-tech environmental monitoring equipment and analyze the data it produces.