Art Resources / FAQ

Boise Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and charitable organization, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. As such, it must adhere to all laws, regulations and standards governing art museums and their professional practices. The museum may not endorse specific services or companies and is prohibited from providing appraisals and authentications.

For legal and ethical reasons, BAM is unable to provide authentications, valuations, or appraisal services or to recommend specific vendors.  You can locate a certified appraiser through The American Society of Appraisers (http://www.appraisers.org/) and the International Society of Appraisers (https://www.isa-appraisers.org/).  An auction resource, such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s, or Bonhams, or even an online auction site, such as Ebay (www.ebay.com) or Art Price (www.artprice.com) may help you learn more about the value of your object.

For legal and ethical reasons, BAM is unable to provide conservation services.  The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (https://www.culturalheritage.org/membership/find-a-conservator/hiring-a-conservation-professional) provides a free referral service, guidelines on selecting a conservator, and free publications to help you care for your collection.

There are a few companies locally and nationally that specialize in fine art handling and shipping.  BAM cannot recommend specific vendors.  We are aware of several companies, listed below.  You may be able to find others by conducting a search.

www.wrapitexpress.com           1-800-803-9901
www.gonavis.com/ID1093         (208) 322-9459

In addition, there are several companies that provide art crating and shipping services to other locations.  BAM cannot recommend specific vendors.

www.usart.com
www.atelier4.com
www.crozierfinearts.com
www.cratersandfreighters.com

There are multiple framing companies in our area.  A search of “artwork framing” will provide you with options.  Some framers practice the most current conservation methods.  Be sure to request the level of care you want.  The American Institute of Conservation can tell you what kinds of questions to ask.  Visit https://learning.culturalheritage.org/public for more information.

Instructions for hanging different types of artwork can be found online, and demonstrations can be found on YouTube.  Some framers offer art-hanging services.  Some moving companies will help you hang large artworks that require several strong people to lift.  If the artwork was purchased from an artist, the artist sometimes will help hang it.  If the artwork was purchased from a commercial gallery, the commercial gallery will often provide art-hanging services.  Boise Art Museum is a non-profit art museum and is not a commercial gallery.

Since its beginnings, BAM has relied on the generosity of donors to help build the Permanent Collection.  Purchases of art are rare and occur when special funding is available.  On those occasions, BAM acquires artwork within the Museum’s collecting mission, policies, and priorities, from reputable art dealers and professional artists.

Collectors, artists and philanthropists from across the Treasure Valley and the United States have donated artwork to grow the Museum’s collection and share inspiring art from around the world with our community.  We are grateful to the visionary donors who have donated artwork to BAM.  BAM is the only nationally accredited collecting art museum in the state of Idaho and within a 300-mile radius.  The collection encompasses more than 4,000 objects.  If you would like to become a part of this tradition of donating gifts of art to the Boise Art Museum, here are some things to consider.

  • Consideration of the Gift
    Boise Art Museum will evaluate the gift to ensure it is appropriate for our collecting mission and priorities and as an addition to our Permanent Collection.  We may refuse a gift because the art may not fit within our collecting priorities, is a duplicate or similar to works already in our collection, or is not of appropriate museum quality.  All gifts to our collection are subject to final approval by the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Valuation
    If you expect your gift to be valued at more than $5,000, the IRS requires you to obtain a qualified appraisal and provides procedures for taxpayers to request a review of art valuations for income, estate, and gift returns.  You may request from the IRS a Statement of Value for an advance review of art valuation claims prior to filing your return.  You must submit an appraisal from a qualified independent appraiser and the appraisal must meet substantiation requirements.  This statement then can be used in completing your tax return.  The procedure usually applies to artwork appraised at $50,000 or more.  Please note that, for legal and ethical reasons, when donating an artwork to BAM, the donor is responsible for securing and paying for any required appraisals and furnishing information to the appropriate government entities.  BAM does not provide appraisals.
  • Funds for the Long-term Care of the Artwork
    Accepting the donation of artwork comes with a serious responsibility on the part of the Museum for the object’s long-term care and insurance, which is an expense consideration in deciding whether or not to accept the gift.  In the case of artwork requiring ongoing maintenance or conservation, Boise Art Museum gives preference to artwork that is accompanied by an outright monetary gift to maintain it into the future.
  • First Steps
    If you are interested in donating a museum-quality artwork, please e-mail an image with dimensions, medium, artist, and details about the way the artwork was acquired, to info@boiseartmuseum.org.  You may also mail these materials to Boise Art Museum, PO Box 9794, Boise, ID 83707 Attn:  Artwork Donation.  To protect the integrity and security of our collection, no outside works of art may be brought into the Museum without prior authorization from the Museum’s Registrar – please do not deliver artworks or objects for consideration to the Museum unless arrangements have been made in advance with the Registrar.

You can research artists and art in many different ways.  Start your search online at a site like www.artcyclopedia.com or www.askart.com.  You should also search your local library – librarians are skilled unearthing hard-to-find information.  The Boise Public Library’s librarians offer online assistance at http://www.boisepubliclibrary.org/research/ask-a-librarian/.  Additionally, the Boise State University reference department is a good resource, or use their librarians’ As Us form at https://library.boisestate.edu/contact/.  For information about public art in Boise, visit http://www.boiseartsandhistory.org/public-art-tour/downtown/.  The BAM Store has many publications available for purchase on the topic of art and artists.  Visit today to browse our selection.

BAM’s professional staff is comprised of employees who have advanced degrees in art, art history, art education, and museum studies along with art teaching, art making, and art museum experience.  Staff across departments meet on an ongoing basis to discuss prospective exhibitions and their relevance to the community.  Multiple factors are considered, including educational value, engagement potential, quality of work, exhibition history, theme/topic/message/idea, availability within the exhibition calendar, cost/budget, funding outlook, other exhibitions scheduled to be on display concurrently, and other Museum and community events planned at that time.  BAM’s professionals continually research art, artists, and exhibitions locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to make recommendations and selections for BAM’s exhibitions.  BAM works with reputable dealers, professional artists, other nationally accredited art museums, and highly regarded exhibition lending organizations and foundations when selecting, curating, and planning exhibitions.  BAM staff also plans exhibitions that are a result of our collaborative community projects and partnerships as well as student and Idaho artist invitationals.  BAM’s Permanent Collection is an ongoing a source for the Museum’s exhibitions.  Convenings of community advisory groups help staff strategize to engage members of the community with some exhibitions.  If you would like to share information about an artist or exhibition, please e-mail images, exhibition descriptions and history to info@boiseartmuseum.org.  You may also mail materials to Boise Art Museum, PO Box 9794, Boise, ID 83707 Attn:  Exhibitions.  Because of the volume of artist and exhibition information we receive, we are not able to reply to each informational e-mail/packet.

BAM’s small professional staff is available by appointment only.  A list of staff e-mail addresses can be found here http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/bam-directory/ or you may request an appointment by calling (208) 345-8330 ext. 110.

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