The Cleveland Museum of Art
Established in 1913, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) works to fulfill its dual roles as one of the world's most distinguished comprehensive art museums and as one of northeastern Ohio's principal civic and cultural institutions. The museum seeks to bring the pleasure and meaning of art to the broadest possible audience in accordance with the highest aesthetic, intellectual and professional standards. Toward this end the museum augments, preserves, exhibits and fosters understanding of the outstanding collections of world art it holds in trust for the public and presents complementary exhibitions and programs. The CMA is currently undertaking an expansion and renovation project, schedule for completion in 2011. For much of this time, the Museum will remain open, although operating on reduced basis.
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In the museum's conservation labs, you will find conservators with specializations ranging from paintings to sculpture, antiquities to contemporary art, and medieval manuscripts to tapestries to asian folding screens. These individuals have academic backgrounds that include art history, studio art, and chemistry as well as advanced education and training in the conservation of art and historic collections. Their mission is to study, preserve, and conserve the works of art in cleveland's collection and the works of art traveling here from other museums and collectors around the world. Using simple hand tools and microscopes as well as high-tech tools such as x-radiography and infrared reflectography, these conservators work with patience and precision to examine artwork and perform a wide range of conservation treatments. Walking through the conservation suite on any given day, you May find a conservator closely examining a unique 15th-century engraving, carefully mounting a 6th-century egyptian coptic textile for display, working on an impressionist's masterpiece to bring it as close as possible to its original state and artist's intent, or preparing a fragile porcelain vase to travel within the building or across the world without harm from movement or environmental changes. Today, as part of the museum's renovation and expansion project, the conservation department works in a recently opened 18,000-square-foot suite of state-of-the-art laboratories. It is one of the finest spaces in the country for analysis, study, and conservation of museum collections. Collecting: central to the mission of the museum is the continued development and preservation of its art collection. The museum's holdings of world art are internationally celebrated and a great source of pride for the cleveland community and museum field, each year drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors from the region and beyond. The growth of the collections is guided by a philosophy that favors quality over quantity and privileges the singular object over broad coverage in any given field. It is not an encyclopedic collection, but rather a selective survey of the history of art presented with works of the highest aesthetic quality and historical significance. The museum's endowment holds one of the largest acquisition funds of any art museum in the country. Each year, this fund produces income upon which our curators, director, and board of trustees draw to acquire new works of art, thus ensuring that our collections remain a dynamic and constantly evolving resource for our visitors. The organization, security, preservation, research, and presentation of our collections are supported by the work of the museum's collections management, conservation, curatorial, education, library, design, and exhibitions staff. Our collections are on view in state-of-the-art facilities and with gallery space that allows for the display of more works from our collections than ever before. New exhibition spaces further augment our ability to connect audiences with works of art. In addition to complementing the collections, the special exhibitions presented at the museum extend into those historic periods, geographic areas, or media that are absent from or not well represented in our collections.
Art acquisitions the cleveland museum of art presents magnificent art from around the world. Central to the mission of the museum is the continued development and preservation of its art collection. The museum's holdings of world art are internationally celebrated and a great source of pride for the cleveland community and museum field, each year drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors from the region and beyond. The growth of the collections is guided by a philosophy that favors quality over quantity and privileges the singular object over broad coverage in any given field.
EDUCATION & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART'S EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC AFFAIRS TEAM CREATES DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING, THOUGHTFUL CONTENT, AND MEANINGFUL COLLABORATIONS THAT TEACH, INSPIRE, AND SUPPORT VISITORS AND THE COMMUNITY TO ENGAGE WITH THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION, FEEL A CONNECTION TO IT AND, ULTIMATELY, ENHANCE THEIR LIVES THROUGH ART. IN THE GALLERIES THE MUSEUM OFFERS A NUMBER OF WAYS TO CONNECT WITH ART AND EACH OTHER. THE ARTLENS APP ALLOWS VISITORS TO LEARN ABOUT THE ARTWORK ON THEIR OWN, OR VISITORS CAN TAKE A FREE TOUR LED BY TRAINED DOCENTS. VISITORS CAN ALSO HANDLE GENUINE WORKS OF ART FROM THE EDUCATION ART COLLECTION IN OUR ART CARTS, AND PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES LIKE SCAVENGER HUNTS ON OUR FAMILY DAYS CALLED SECOND SUNDAYS. IN THE STUDIO OUR ARTISTS TEACH CLASSES FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. WE OFFER CLASSES FOR OUR 'LITTLEST LEARNERS' BEGINNING AT 18 MONTHS, FOR ADULTS, AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN. IN THE CLASSROOM, THE MUSEUM'S CONNIE TOWSON FORD TEACHER RESOURCE CENTER SERVES EDUCATORS WORKING WITH VARIOUS GRADE LEVELS, DISCIPLINES AND AUDIENCES. THE CENTER OFFERS A VARIETY OF WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR FOR EDUCATORS. IN THE COMMUNITY VISITORS CAN EXPLORE THE MUSEUM PROGRAMS AT LOCATIONS AROUND NORTHEAST OHIO AND ONSITE AT THE MUSEUM. The museum is committed to public arts education and hosts many educational events throughout the year, including family days, school tours, intergenerational studio arts classes and the distance learning and Art to Go programs. Annual community arts festivals include: springtimes Parade the Circle, the autumn Chalk Festival and a Winter Lights Lantern Festival. Music at the Cleveland Museum of Art has a history nearly as long as the institution itself, and the initial program has grown into an extensive performing arts season that includes international music, dance and theatre artists. The museums annual summer Solstice festival is a celebration of art and music. Guests have an opportunity to enjoy dynamic and cutting-edge music from around the world, and explore museum galleries late into the night. In addition, the institution plays host to a year-round film program that is one of the oldest of any museum in the United States. Approximately 90 films are screened annually. THE ART AND FICTION BOOK CLUB IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A MUSEUM BASED EVENT ORGANIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND INTERPRETATION FOR ART AND LITERATURE ENTHUSIASTS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN DOWNLOAD MATERIALS CREATED BY OUR EDUCATORS, SUCH AS FAMILY GUIDES AND ART PROJECTS FOR HOME OR SCHOOL USE, INTERPRETATIVE RESOURCES THAT ADD PERSPECTIVE TO OBJECTS IN THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION, AND A HOST OF TEACHER ONLINE RESOURCES. LIBRARY THE MISSION OF THE MUSEUM'S LIBRARY, INGALLS LIBRARY, IS TO SUPPORT THE MUSEUM'S CURRENT AND FUTURE COLLECTIONS, RESEARCH, EXHIBITIONS, PUBLICATIONS, LECTURES, PROGRAMS, AND ACTIVITIES. THE ARCHIVES' MISSION IS TO PRESERVE RECORDS THAT DOCUMENT THE ORIGINS, DEVELOPMENT, ACHIEVEMENTS, AND ACTIVITIES OF THE MUSEUM, AND TO ADMINISTER THE MUSEUM'S RECORDS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS, EXCEPT THOSE IN THE REFERENCE COLLECTION, ARE HOUSED IN CLOSED STACKS. WHEN THE MUSEUM OPENED IN 1916 THE LIBRARY CONSISTED OF JUST 600 VOLUMES, MOSTLY ACQUIRED THROUGH DONATION. THE COLLECTION GREW SLOWLY AT FIRST, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON ESSENTIAL REFERENCE TEXTS. AS FUNDING AND INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT INCREASED, THE LIBRARY DEVELOPED INTO THE CENTER OF MUSEUM RESEARCH. SINCE REACHING 100,000 ITEMS IN 1979, COLLECTION GROWTH HAS INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY. FURTHER MILESTONES FOLLOWED QUICKLY, AS THE VOLUME COUNT TOPPED 200,000 IN 1995, THEN 300,000 IN 2000 AND EVENTUALLY 400,000 IN 2005. TODAY, THE LIBRARY IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE MUSEUM'S IDENTITY. CMA-CWRU Joint Program The joint program in Art History and Museum Studies offered by Case Western Reserve University in association with the Cleveland Museum of Art provides students the opportunity to study the history of art and prepare themselves for careers in the museum field using the resources of a major research university, one of the countrys finest general art museums, and the Ingalls Library, the third largest art museum library in the country. The Ingalls Library provides Research Consultation and use of The Library Seminar Room for the students and faculty in the Joint Program.