The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University received a 2021 Strategic Planning Assistance award from Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) to develop a three-year strategic plan regarding its exhibitions, permanent collection of art objects and cultural artifacts, educational programs and activities, staff training, and facilities. The award follows a comprehensive Preservations Assistance for Smaller Institutions grant that was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2020-21, as well as a multi-year collections assessment project (2013-2020) with art consultant Caroline Welsh, former director and chief curator at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake.
As part of the strategic planning process, gallery staff, Welsh, and a group of selected faculty and staff from academic and administrative departments and programs across campus are completing an online survey; a subset of the group will meet this fall in two virtual “retreats” to discuss the survey results.
Faculty, staff, and students make regular use of gallery programs and resources, both in the classroom as well as for independent study research projects and other co-curricular activities. The broader community is also always welcome.