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Help the Johnson Museum continue its legacy by making a gift today.

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Donating Artwork

Donating
Artwork

Galleries of oil paintings and sculptures

Working with the curatorial department

Once you express an interest in gifting a work of art, our curators will ask for the following information:

  • Photographs of the work
  • Artist’s name or the name of the culture that produced the work
  • Date or age of the object
  • The medium of the work
  • Dimensions, if possible (if framed, the size of the frame is helpful to know)
  • Current location of the work
  • How you obtained the work

After receiving this information, the curators will assess the works for the collection and be in touch as soon as possible. If the works of art do not align with the Museum’s collecting strategy at this time, we would be happy to make suggestions about other museums or art organizations that might enjoy the opportunity to consider the works.

Supporting the cost of acquisitions and the future preservation of artwork

With our commitment to ensuring that the collection is used actively for teaching, we promise to be careful stewards of your work of art long into the future. To support the sometimes-high cost of acquiring gifts, donors often will choose to make a cash or bequest commitment toward the Johnson Museum’s annual fund or collections care fund to offset these costs and support the future conservation needs of the works they are donating. Should you choose to support the future preservation of your work of art, we welcome having a conversation about how you can help.

We are here to help

Our goal is to make the process of gifting artwork as easy and as enjoyable as possible for you, and we look forward to assisting you along the way. Contact us anytime if you have any questions:

Ellen Avril
Chief Curator and the Judith H. Stoikov Curator of Asian Art
eba2@cornell.edu
(607) 254-4509

Courtney Campbell
Director of Development
ccn44@cornell.edu
(607) 254-4624

Matt Conway
Registrar
mjc69@cornell.edu
(607) 254-4610

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