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Donations and Appraisals

DONATIONS AND APPRAISALS

Appraisals and Sale

The Akron Art Museum is not able to estimate the monetary value of artworks since offering appraisals could be considered a conflict of interest. If you are investigating the value of an artwork, we recommend contacting a professional appraiser. Appraisers may charge fees for their services. If you wish to sell an artwork that you own, we recommend you contact a gallery or auction house. The museum rarely purchases artwork from private individuals. A list of resources to help locate an appraiser, fine art consultant, gallery or auction house is provided for your convenience below.

RESEARCH

CARE AND CONSERVATION

Requests for research of our collection, exhibitions, archives or other topics will be answered as quickly as possible but may require several days or weeks depending on the complexity of the request and staff availability. Requests should be directed to research@akronartmuseum.org. If you would like to review materials from the Akron Art Museum’s Martha Stecher Reed Library collection or the Museum Archives, research assistance is available during select hours in the Reading Room. Please call ahead to confirm open hours or to make an appointment at 330.376.9186 x 221.

The Akron Art Museum does not offer art conservation services. Below are contacts for regional conservators that may be able to assist with care, cleaning, or storage of artwork.

DONATE ART

The Museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art has grown largely through generous donations. Any proposed gift that the Curatorial Department wishes to add to the collection must be approved by our Collections Committee and Board of Directors in a process that takes as long as six months to a year. The Akron Art Museum collects original fine art dating from 1850 to the present. The museum is not able to accept unidentified objects or reproductions.

If you would like to offer artwork for consideration as a gift to the museum, please send in an email to Curator@AkronArtMuseum.org the following information. If you do not know these details, it would be helpful to research the artwork or pursue an appraisal before offering it to the museum. The curator would need:

Images
Artist name
Artwork Title
Creation date
Medium
Dimensions
Details about current frame or mat
Basic condition assessment

Email Curator@AkronArtMuseum.org with any additional inquiries about donating art. Materials sent via postal mail cannot be returned.

Send to:

Curatorial Department
Akron Art Museum
1 South High
Akron, OH 44308

ARTIST INQUIRIES

Artists wishing to bring their work to the attention of the curatorial staff may notify the Curatorial Department by mail or email. Do not send any original artworks. Materials will not be returned. Because of the volume of submissions received, we are only able to respond to those artists whose work might be appropriate for further consideration.

Artist inquiries can be sent to Curator@AkronArtMuseum.org or via postal mail. Materials sent via postal mail cannot be returned.

Send to:

Curatorial Department
Akron Art Museum
1 South High
Akron, OH 44308

APPRAISALS

Emerald Art Services LLC
Chris Drugan, ISA, CIPM
1660 Creighton Ave.
Akron, OH 44310-2612
330-630-5645
www.emeraldartservices.com

The Bonfoey Gallery
1710 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-621-0178
www.bonfoey.com

Mitchell Sotka, Ltd.
19071 Old Detroit Rd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
440-333-1735
www.mitchellsotka.com

Berg & Associates, Inc.
2112 Acacia Park Drive, Suite 417
Lyndhurst, OH 4412
216-956-3903

AUCTION HOUSES

ASPIRE AUCTIONS
12730 Larchmere Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44120
216-231-5515
www.aspireauctions.com

Gray’s Auctioneers
10717 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
216-458-7695
www.graysauctioneers.com

Rachel Davis Fine Arts
1301 W. 79th Street
Cleveland, OH 44103
216-939-1190
www.racheldavisfinearts.com

Cowan’s Auctions
26801 Miles Rd.
Warrensville, OH 44128
216-292-8300
www.cowans.com

CARE AND CONSERVATION

Paintings, Objects, and Textiles

ICA – Art Conservation
2915 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-658-8700
www.ica-artconservation.org

Painted Objects and Sculpture

Galloway Art Conservation, LLC
1305 W 80th St Suite #225
Cleveland, OH 44102
440-935-4807
www.gallowayartconservation.com

Works on Paper

Jamison Art Conservation
1305 W 80th St Suite #210
Cleveland, OH 44102
216-367-2966
www.jamisonartconservation.com 

To find other conservation services in your area, visit the American Institute for Conservation’s website at: www.culturalheritage.org/about-conservation/find-a-conservator