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Nebraskan Storage Facility Opens Vacant Units to Local Artists

by John Stevens February 3, 2011 12:12 PM
An Omaha, Neb., storage facility rolled up its storage unit doors for something much more extraordinary than boxes and bins. On Jan. 29, the Old Market’s Urban Storage facility reached out to its local artist community and offered up its vacant storage units for a two-part exhibition in which more than 75 artists and performers participated. [More]

Art Gallery Improves Storage with Rolling Art Racks

by Kim Kilpatrick April 1, 2010 4:33 PM
Comox Valley Art Gallery, a Courtenay, Canada art gallery, has decided to invest in specialized professional art storage racks to store its collection. The racks are on wheels, and can store works of art that are as big as six feet by eight feet. Comox is buying a total of six racks for $15,000. The racks will hold around 100 large paintings and other two-dimensional art works.

Storing art properly can extend its life and reduce wear and tear. But, ordinarily, art placed in archives must be packaged extensively to keep it safe from light and from physical damage. Opening the packaging can complicate and slow the process of choosing art to display for particular exhibits. Using a specialized art rack can make it easier for a museum to store an extensive collection in an organized way, enabling curators to quickly locate and choose art for new exhibits without having to unwrap cumbersome packaging. The racks will also make it easier for visiting art historians and scholars to access the museum’s collection for study and research purposes. [More]

Red Deer, Alberta Museum Seeks Storage Space

by John Stevens January 14, 2010 10:32 AM
Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, in Alberta, Canada, has had about $1.5 million in renovations in the last year. In one spot, the renovations increased the museum's exhibition area by 10,000 square feet. The renovations also improved the museum's washrooms and office areas. But the renovations did nothing to address the museum's other critical need: storage space for its archives.

"Our first priority was to improve our service to the public," explained the museum's executive director, Lorna Johnson. "That's what the renovation has allowed us to do.....It didn't address collection storage for either the museum or the archives." Johnson said the museum still needs about 20,000 square feet of space for archival storage. The storage will have to be off-site, but it must also be secure and climate-controlled. At the moment, the museum is hoping to find a storage space to share with city archives, Red Deer College, and other art organizations, all of which are also in need of storage. "If we can all get together to build one structure, that isn't so expensive," Johnson commented. The city has also considered building a new museum, but does not expect to have a budget for a project of that magnitude for many years. The museum is also struggling with budget cuts, as its 2010 budget (nearly $882,000) has been reduced by 1.3 percent from its 2009 budget ($894,000). [More]

Artist Seamus Berkeley Offers Exhibit on Self-Storage

by John Stevens December 9, 2009 4:52 PM
Writer Amy Moon and artist Seamus Berkeley have collaborated to offer an exhibit dedicated to the theme of self-storage. The exhibit, called "Plenty Hidden," will take place at Berkeley Fine Art Studio, 933 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710, on Tuesday, December 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

"When something -- like self-storage -- becomes a ubiquitous part of our lives and our landscapes, we often don't see it," writes Berkeley about his exhibit. "By taking a closer look, Amy and I explore what our relationship to our things says about us and how that affects our environment." [More]
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