Farnsworth Art Museum receives grant for Olson House

Oct 11, 2019
Courtesy of: Farnsworth Art Museum The Olson House in Cushing.

ROCKLAND/CUSHING — The Farnsworth Art Museum has been awarded a $188,208 Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service (NPS) for the repair and stabilization of the Olson House in Cushing. The grant will help fund plaster and paint restoration and window preservation over the next three years. The Farnsworth’s project is one of 41 that the NPS is awarding this year for a total of $12.6 million. The Farnsworth is the only institution in Maine to receive a Save America’s Treasures grant this year.

The Olson House was the site of more than 300 works by artist Andrew Wyeth, including his iconic "Christina’s World," which hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. “The Olson House has truly become a place of pilgrimage for art lovers the world over," said Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell. “It’s our responsibility to try to preserve this National Historic Landmark for generations to come. This generous grant will ensure that we have the necessary funding for the vital conservation and restoration work the Olson House deserves.”

The project is funded through the Save America’s Treasures grant program, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, and administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

“Save America’s Treasures helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation’s rich heritage to future generations of Americans," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “This $12.6 million in funding will leverage more than $22 million in private and public investment for preservation and conservation projects without spending taxpayers’ money.”

“Through these competitive matching grants, the National Park Service and our federal, state, tribal, and local government, and nonprofit partners are helping communities preserve some of our nation’s most important historic places and collections,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “By doing so we are saving these sites and stories for future generations.”

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists. Visit farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.


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