Edward Redfield, Spring, oil on canvas,
ca. 1918, 26 x 32 inches,
Donated by Helen Cappadocia
A Safe Home for Precious Art and Cultural Artifacts
Since 1894, the MMAC Permanent Collection has grown to now include more than 10,000 artworks and artifacts. These works were donated by hundreds of art lovers who want their art to be shared with the people of Montana through a state-of-the-art museum.
If you have art you are interested in donating to the collection, please call 406.243.2019 for more information and to let us know the details and history of your piece(s). After that, we will request an image of the piece, or the piece itself with your permission to present at a Collection Management Committee meeting, held several times a year.
If accepted, the donor will receive Deed of Gift paperwork which transfers legal title of the gift to the Museum. Gifts of art may also be included in a bequest or trust agreement to come to the Museum at the maturity of the estate. It is best to have the Collection Management Committee evaluate the piece now, regardless of when we eventually receive it.
Upon receipt, every object accepted is listed, tagged, numbered and catalogued. Each is carefully stored to ensure its safety and exhibited as possible in MMAC's galleries.
Artworks or artifacts not found to fit our guidelines will not be made part of the Permanent Collection. Limited storage space, duplication of objects in the collection and the condition of the offered piece affect our decision to accept an object.
The Museum estimates that adding one artwork to the Permanent Collection costs approximately $50 in time and materials. Maintaining and storage of the items also has tangible costs in security, overhead and management. Conservation services cost about $100 per hour on average. These costs are part of our ongoing responsibility when we accept objects into the Permanent Collection. We would greatly appreciate your help toward meeting these expenses and hope that you will accompany your gift of art with some of the funds necessary to help us preserve it.