Just as we continually strengthen our collection by acquiring objects that hold significant potential for exhibiting, teaching, or research, we also undertake systematic evaluation of the Museum’s holdings to recommend the deaccessioning (removal from the collection) of selected works through sale, transfer, and exchange.
Reasons for Deaccessioning an Object
Among the reasons we might consider deaccessioning an object:
- The work does not further the mission of the Museum.
- The work lacks sufficient aesthetic merit or importance to warrant retention.
- The work is a duplicate or secondary to a work already in the collection.
- The work requires extensive restoration or is in inherently poor, irreparable condition.
- The work is a forgery.
Our Deaccessioning Process
All deaccessioning undertaken by the Erie Art Museum adheres to the museum’s deaccession policy and professional guidelines provided by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). Any object considered for deaccession undergoes rigorous review by our professional staff and the museum’s collection committee, which approves all accessions to and deaccessions from the collection. Any funds raised through the auction of objects from the collection are directed toward future acquisitions.
Information about deaccessioned objects will be reported here as it becomes available.