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The UI Museum of Art receives grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art has been awarded a General Operating Support grant of $112,500, the maximum amount possible, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The museum was one of 186 museums selected from 942 applications for the grant. Of the successful museums, 38 were art museums, of which only 12 were university affiliated.

Museums qualifying for the grant demonstrated outstanding performance in all areas of museum operations. Each applicant performed a complete self-evaluation, involving every aspect of their operations -- from collection care and maintenance to educational programming and exhibitions. Professionals in the museum field, with an average of 13 years experience, then evaluated each application.

General Operating Support grant recipients represent a full range of museum disciplines, from art museums to zoos, and may use the unrestricted funds for on-going institutional activities, such as enhancing educational services, strengthening collection care and raising funds from other sources.

Stephen Prokopoff, director of the UI Museum of Art, said, "We are delighted to receive this grant because it provides the rarest kind of funding: money for general operations rather than for specific programs. It will permit us to create a broad selection of public events and other activities that would otherwise not be possible.

"Because so few of these grants are awarded, they are also a tribute to the hard and effective work of the staff of the museums that receive them."

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is a federal grantmaking agency located in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to strengthening the nation's museums and libraries. The General Operating Support program is a priority program for the institute, since money for general operation is continually cited as the most difficult type of funding for museums to raise.

Diane Frankel, director of the institute, noted, "Since 1978 IMLS Grant Operation Support has taken a substantial role in encouraging the best in museum practice. The grants provide national recognition for museums that have the highest approval of their peers. It is a stamp of achievement that sparks vital private-public partnerships."

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded a total of $15,646,181 in grants for the fiscal year 1998. Grant amounts are equal to 15 percent of the museum's operating budget, up to a maximum of $112,500.

10/6/98