O’Keeffe museum, two other groups get grants

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe has received two grants to preserve O’Keeffe’s images and personal items. (Pat Vasquez-Cunningham/Albuquerque Journal)

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Three New Mexico organizations are receiving money from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help fund four projects.

The NEH says it aims to help the preservation of historic collections, humanities documentaries and exhibitions, scholarly books and research, and educational opportunities for teachers. The government agency on Tuesday announced $28.4 million for 239 humanities projects nationwide. The New Mexico organizations received a total of $232,000.

According to the NEH, several of the projects focus on the intersection of the humanities and technology, such as an international collaboration examining how the humanities can contribute to creating ethical, human-centered artificial intelligence systems, and the development of a digital catalog of the works of artist Georgia O’Keeffe.

bright spot“The grants announced today demonstrate the resilience and breadth of our nation’s humanities institutions and practitioners,” NEH acting Chairman Adam Wolfson said in a statement. “From education programs that will enrich teaching in college and high school classrooms to multi-institutional research initiatives, these excellent projects will advance the teaching, preservation, and understanding of history and culture.”

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum was awarded two grants – one for $50,000 and one for $10,000. The first is a project that is reimagining the Georgia O’Keeffe catalog digitally.

According to Liz Neely, project director, the museum is planning to develop the digital catalog, which will allow scholars and the public to engage with O’Keeffe’s works.

The second grant is for an item-level collections survey of O’Keeffe’s bound material.

“The collection includes handmade and rare titles such as ‘Some French Moderns Says McBride,’ a collection of articles by art critic Henry McBride that were selected, designed and formatted by Marcel Duchamp; a leather-bound edition of ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ by Oscar Wilde adorned with original drawings by photographer Edward Steichen; and numerous books given to O’Keeffe by her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, that include ephemera, photographs, and original sketches by O’Keeffe placed within the pages,” says Elizabeth Ehrnst, project director.

Santa Fe-based Center was awarded $162,500 for “The Democratic Lens: Photography and Civic Engagement.”

According to Matthew Contos, project director, the grant will be used to create a lecture series examining the historical and contemporary role of photography in civic participation.

New Mexico State University was awarded a $9,649 grant to purchase furniture and supplies to rehouse Native three-dimensional object collections at the NMSU University Museum.

According to NMSU, the museum’s collection includes material from archaeological digs in the Southwest.

“Project will rehouse approximately 400 items of Native material culture, including katsina dolls by Hopi artists, examples of three-dimensional basketry, beaded buckskin bags and belts, objects related to public ceremonies and rituals, and pieces made for tourists or made by contemporary artists,” said Kristin Otto, project director.

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