DeVos Art Museum - Access To The Collection
|Oversight Unit:||ART & DESIGN, SCHOOL OF|
|Attached form file:||DeVos Art (1).pdf|
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The DeVos Art Museum (the Museum) at Northern Michigan University (NMU) Collection Management Policy establishes policies for the acquisition, deaccession, loan, care and use of the collections of the Museum. The policies of the Museum shall exist within those of NMU, State or Federal law and statues of regulation under which the Museum is legally or ethically bound to operate.
NMU is vested with the ultimate responsibility for the safety and maintenance of the museum‐quality collections that it owns. The Museum collection is part of the collections at NMU. It is the policy of NMU to charge the staff of the Museum, under authority of the Associate Dean/Director of the School of Art and Design and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, with the primary functions of collecting, researching, interpreting, exhibiting, preserving, maintaining, and caring for NMU’s fine art and related historical collections, according to the highest museum standards and ethics possible.
NMU maintains other collections, including the Central Upper Peninsula and NMU Archive, the Provost Collection of Student Art, the Special Collections of Olson Library and the Upper Peninsula Beaumier Heritage Center. These areas maintain their own policies and collections records, separate from the DeVos Art Museum. However, the DeVos Art Museum will, to the extent possible, advise, assist, and collaborate with faculty and staff responsible for the other NMU collections, but the DeVos Art Museum’s primary responsibility is for fine art and related historical items.
DeVos Art Museum Access Procedure
A. Outgoing Loans
Outgoing loans will be insured by the borrowing institution or by the DeVos Art Museum at the expense of the borrowing institution. Proof of insurance must be provided to the Museum before the object leaves Museum storage. All labels and publications related to a borrowed object must identify the Museum as the lender with the credit line supplied by the Museum.
Works not on public view as well as the records associated with them are made available for study as space and time permit, by appointment only. Appointment requests must be made through and approved by the Museum Director at least two weeks prior to the day being requested. The Museum reserves the right to refuse access to, or use of, its collections.
1. NMU Faculty and Staff. The level of access is determined by the particular staff member’s need to access the collection to fulfill his/her responsibilities. Staff members, including student staff, who handle works of art are appropriately trained and supervised when necessary.
2. NMU Students. Students are not allowed to handle works of art and
3. Outside Scholars. Scholars, under the direct supervision of authorized staff, may be allowed to handle works of art that pertain to their areas of research or expertise.
4. Public. The public’s main access to the collection is through exhibitions and publication. Individual or group visits to object storage are supervised by Museum staff. School groups are never allowed to handle works of art in the collection and will be supervised by Museum and school staff.
5. Access to the Study Collection. The Study Collection designation
VI. CARE OF THE COLLECTION
B. Art Handling and Security
D. Rights and Reproduction
When a specific preservation/conservation project is needed (upon available funding), notification will be given to the Associate Dean/Director of the School of Art and the DeVos Art Museum Permanent Collection Committee. All treatments will be completed by contracting with qualified conservators and permanent records of treatments will be kept with the object files.