Exhibition Fund for Ancient and Medieval Art at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Award suspend until further notice.

Established in 2007 by the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology, this fund provides up to $4,000 in support for both small and large exhibitions of ancient and medieval art (or related historical art) at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Artworks from these time periods are rare in the Salem area, and indeed in the entire Pacific Northwest, so any exhibition that brings to the museum a really fine Roman portrait, an exquisite Chinese bronze vessel, or a brilliant French Gothic illuminated manuscript would provide a unique first-hand experience of a cultural masterpiece of high aesthetic quality and historical significance. University students, faculty and staff, local schoolchildren, as well as the general public benefit from these enriching displays. Such objects, carefully chosen for their multifarious links to the university’s curriculum, displayed in the quiet and distinctive galleries of the university’s art museum, and accompanied by abundant explanatory materials and related programming, also encourage careful and critical viewing habits. The fund helps to make possible the exhibition of such objects (which is often otherwise prohibitively expensive) in this context — objects that wonderfully complement the university’s paramount mission to pass on the tradition of liberal learning by fostering the skills of critical thinking and questioning, reading and observing, as well as speaking and writing.

University faculty and curators interested in organizing an exhibition and applying for support from this fund must begin their planning process by discussing their ideas with the director of the museum, John Olbrantz. Once the envisioned exhibition is approved and scheduled by the museum, an application for support from this fund may be made in the form of a detailed memo describing the content and goals of the exhibition in relation to its potential pedagogical benefits. The memo must also describe and justify any planned programming in conjunction with the proposed exhibition as well as providing a detailed budget for the project. Applications will be accepted at any time, but must be accompanied by a letter of support from the museum’s director. Applicants are encouraged to seek other, outside sources of funding as well.

Any questions please contact:
Reyna Meyers
Administrative Program Coordinator for the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

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