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Arts and Artifacts 

Indemnity Program 


Since 1975 



Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University 
ArtGallery that travels to the Seattle Art Museum in Washington and the 
Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama in 2009. 

Photo courtesy of Yale University Art Gallery, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection. 

Cover image: American Gothic, 1930, by Grant Wood was one of the paintings 
indemnified through the new domestic component of the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity 
Program, on view in Iowa's Des Moines Art Center's exhibition After Many Springs: 
Regionalism, Modernism, and the Midwest. 

Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection. All rights 
reserved by the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. 

"As a result of the new domestic indemnity program, 
American museums will now be able to insure 
temporary domestic exhibitions that might otherwise 
have been prohibitively expensive. More importantly, 
this new law will help ensure that all members of the 
public, regardless of where they live, will continue to 
have access to our nation's great works of art." 

John E. Buchanan, Jr., Chief Executive Officer 
Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, CA 

"Because of the international indemnity program, 
Americans in the remotest regions of the nation— 
those without regular access to cultural arts 
agencies, as well as those in the most urban areas, 
where such offerings are more numerous— are able 
to experience, to study, and to enjoy the world's 
masterpieces and, thus, to improve their lives." 

William U. Eiland, Director 

Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 

"For nearly 30 years, the Phillips Collection 
has benefitted from the generous support of the 
indemnity program in alleviating the financial 
burden of insurance and thus paving the way for 
exhibitions featuring outstanding works by Renoir, 
Cezanne, Braque, Bonnard, and Picasso, to name a 
few, to be seen— sometimes for the first time— in 
the United States " 

Dorothy M. Kosinski, Director 

The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC 

The National Gallery of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum partnered to present an 
indemnified touring exhibit of 50 paintings by Dutch master Jan Lievens, 
including Fighting Cardptayers and Death, ca. 1638. 

Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art and Milwaukee Art Museum, from a private 
collection in the Netherlands. 

Many exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have been supported 
through the indemnity program, including Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-IS57) in 2004. 
Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

The Federal Council on the 
Arts and the Humanities 

Both the international program and the domestic program 
are administered by the National Endowment for the Arts on 
behalf of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. 
The members of the Council are: 

Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts 
Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities 
Secretary, Department of Education 
Secretary, Smithsonian Institution* 
Director, National Science Foundation 
Librarian of Congress 
Director, National Gallery of Art* 
Chairman, Commission of Fine Arts 
Archivist of the United States 
Commissioner, Public Buildings Service 
Secretary, Department of State 
Secretary, Department of the Interior 
Secretary of the Senate* 
Member, House of Representatives* 
Secretary, Department of Commerce 
Secretary. Department of Transportation 
Chairman, National Museum and Library Services Board 
Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services 
Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development 
Administrator, General Services Administration 
Secretary, Department of Labor 
Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs 
Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and 
Human Services, Administration on Aging 

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The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program was created by Congress in 
1975 to minimize the costs of insuring international exhibitions. The 
program is administered by the National Endowment for the Arts, on 
behalf of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, which 
is comprised of agency heads throughout the government. Since 
its inception, the program has indemnified 930 exhibitions, saving 
organizers nearly $250 million in insurance premiums. Some 250 
museums nationwide have participated in the program, which helps 
make it possible for millions of Americans to see important works of 
art and artifacts from around the globe. 

In December 2007, legislation was passed to create a domestic 
indemnity program to provide coverage of art and artifacts from 
American collections while on view in museums in the United States. 

International Program: 

• $10 billion at any one time 

• $1.2 billion for any single exhibition 

• Sliding scale deductible ranging from $10,000 to $500,000 

Domestic Program: 

• $5 billion at any one time 

• $750 million for a single exhibition 

• $75 million minimum for eligibility 

• Sliding scale deductible ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 

Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran's Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose, 1633, 
was included in the indemnified exhibition Masterpieces of European Painting from the 
Norton Simon Museum at the Frick Collection in New York. 
Image courtesy of the Norton Simon Foundation. 

The Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities is authorized 
to make indemnity agreements with U.S. nonprofit, tax-exempt 
organizations and governmental units for: 


• Objects from abroad while on exhibition in the United States; 

• Objects from the U.S. while on exhibition outside the U.S., 
preferably when part of an exchange; 

• Objects from the U.S. while on exhibition in the U.S. so long as 
the exhibition includes other objects from outside the U.S. that are 
integral to the exhibition as a whole. 


• Objects from the U.S. while on exhibition in the U.S. 

Eligible objects include artworks, artifacts, rare documents, books, 
photographs, and film. Such objects must have educational, cultural, 
historical, or scientific value. International exhibitions must be 
certified by the Secretary of State as being in the national interest. 

A view of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's indemnified exhibition Magritte and 
Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images, gallery space designed by California artist 
John Baldessari. 

Photo courtesy of Museum Associotes/LACMA. 

Examples of 
Indemnified Exhibitions 

Cezanne and Beyond 

Philadelphia Museum of Art 

Endless Forms: Charles 
Darwin, Natural Science 
and the Visual Arts 

Yale Center for British Art 

Art in the Age of Steam: 
Europe, America and 
the Railway 

Nelson-Atkins Museum 

Leonardo da Vinci: 
Drawings from the 
Biblioteca Reale, Turin 

Birmingham Museum of Art 

Hidden Treasures from 
the National Museum of 
Afghanistan, Kabul 

National Gallery of Art 
(Washington, DC) 

Van Gogh and the 
Colors of the Night 

Museum of Modern Art 
(New York) 

Matisse: Painter as Sculptor 

Dallas Museum of Art 

Magritte and Contemporary 
Art: The Treachery of 

Los Angeles County 
Museum of Art 

Louvre Atlanta 

High Museum of Art 

The Aztec World 

Field Museum of 
Natural History 

El Greco to Velazquez: 
Art During the Reign of 
Philip III 

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Life in the Pacific in 
the 1700s 

Honolulu Academy of Arts 



Marcel Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel, 1913/1964, from the indemnified exhibition 
Surrealism and Beyond in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem at the Cincinnati Art 
Museum in 2009. 

Photo courtesy of the Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection ofDada and Surrealist Art from the 
Collection of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 

Organizations interested in applying may 
obtain information bv contacting: 

Alice M. Whelihan Laura Cunningham 

Indemnity Administrator Assistant Indemnity Administrator 

Telephone: 202-682-5574 Telephone: 202-682-5035 

Fax: 202-682-5603 Fax: 202-682-5721 

E-mail: E-mail: 

National Endowment for the Arts 

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue. NW 
Washington, DC 20506-0001 


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