Collection Care and Services
Appraisals and Identification of Artwork
Henry Art Gallery staff members, as employees of a tax-exempt organization, cannot, by law, provide written or verbal monetary appraisals or identification of artworks. To obtain an appraisal value for an artwork, consult the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) to find appraisers in your region or check the yellow pages for art dealers, galleries and consultants.
American Society of Appraisers Website: www.appraisers.org
Keeping current values of your artwork for insurance purposes is advisable. Preparing the pertinent information about artist, title, date of work [if given], medium, dimensions, and marks will assist in the process. Having a good quality image of the work with details of the signature is helpful. The internet can be used to locate similar objects at galleries for sale, and sometimes provide important documentation about an object.
The rule of thumb for the conservation and the mounting of artwork is never do anything that is not reversible. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) provides a referral service and brochure titled Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator. Conservation and proper framing and matting of artwork is an excellent investment in your art. AIC lists professionals in your area.
AIC Website: aic.stanford.edu.
Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator: http://aic.stanford.edu/public/select.html
Caring for your collection
There are many simple rules for living with and caring for your art and heirlooms. These online resources connect you to methods and archival materials used to properly store artworks.
National Park Service (NPS) Conserve O Gram
NPS Website: www.nps.gov/history/museum
Conserve O Gram Webpage: www.nps.gov/history/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes
CCI Website: www.cci-icc.gc.ca
CCI Notes Webpage: www.cci-icc.gc.ca/publications/ccinotes/index_e.aspx
The Textile Museum Guidelines for the Care of Textiles
The Textile Museum Website: www.textilemuseum.org
Guidelines for the Care of Textiles Webpage: www.textilemuseum.org/care/brochures/guidelines.htm