MY ART STORY by

Sharon Steckline

San Francisco
California

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Cabinet of Chinese ceramics.

Asian Art Museum Chinese ceramics storage. Photo by Sharon Steckline, Asian Art Museum

I have worked at the Asian Art Museum for 24 years. The NEA has an amazing program in the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program. Over these many years, they have made it possible for us to present wonderful exhibits from Asia and Europe that we may not have been able to procure funding for, as the insurance costs would be prohibitive. We have been able to share amazing exhibitions and objects with our public with the assistance of the Indemnity Program.

My life at work was enhanced immensely by the NEH. In 2002, when we were preparing for move to a newly remodeled historic building, we had to reduce greatly our budget for art storage furniture. We were fortunate to apply for and receive assistance in the form of a grant from the NEH. We still consider our storage state-of-the-art and have been able to share our collections care knowledge and resources with many of our colleagues throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world. The Asian Art Museum will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2016 and we are grateful that we have been able to improve our brand over the years with thanks to the NEA and NEH.