The proceeds received from the sale of deaccessioned objects may be used to support the Direct Care of collections, including but not limited to framing; mounting; photography; conservation treatment of objects; conservation and preservation supplies such as acid-free support materials and storage furniture; staffing; staff training and development; collections care consultants; technology for monitoring and regulating storage and exhibit environments; computer hardware and software used for collections documentation and management; reference materials relating to the care and documentation of collections; packing; transportation; evaluation; and sales fees.
Direct Care is an investment in existing collections that enhances the life, usefulness, or quality of the collection and thereby ensuring that they will continue to benefit the public.
The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) defines deaccessioning as the process by which an accessioned artwork or other object, wholly or in part, is permanently removed from the Museum’s collection. To realize its mission fully, NMOA considers deaccessioning a part of an overall Collection Refinement strategy that also includes acquisitions and restitution. Deaccessions from the Museum’s collection are guided by well-defined, written Collection Refinement goals and adhere to principles, procedures, and processes approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees.
The Newark Museum of Art is committed to following all applicable laws regarding the deaccession of works of art, objects, and specimens, and follows best practices as put forth from time to time by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
To learn more about the policy and procedures for the deaccession and dispersal of artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection, see the link above, pages 16-22 of The Newark Museum of Art’s Collections Management Policy.