WRITER: NICK DELO
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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
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.