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Cooley Gallery Wins a Ford Family Foundation Facilities Grant

By Kevin Myers on April 25, 2014 02:04 PM

Against the Current from the Print Collection

Against the Current (1935) Luo Qingzhen

The Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery has been awarded a Ford Family Foundation Facilities Grant to create a functional print and drawings study room for use by Reed College faculty, students, and the regional community.

Reed’s prints and drawings collection currently resides in a room created in 1989 during the Hauser Library renovation, which included the construction of the Cooley Gallery. The grant will assist in replacing non-toxic wooden shelving with metal flat files, furniture, and upright bin-racks. This, in turn, will allow for careful handling of the objects in the collection by visitors.

The renovation will coincide with the anticipated completion of a digital inventory of the gallery’s works, created using museum-standard management software. Combining the digital search capability with the new more user-friendly storage will bring vitality to the collection for all those who interact with it.

"By renovating our prints and drawings room, we will be able to provide a space for faculty and students to intimately study works from the collection and to provide the same opportunity to interested scholars and artists,” says Stephanie Snyder, Reed class of 1991 and John and Anne Hauberg Curator & Director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. “We are very grateful to the Ford Family Foundation for making this possible."

The anticipated completion date for the print and drawings study room is January 1, 2015.