Guide to installing work in the Maxon Mills

The Maxon Mills is not a traditional gallery space, so it presents unique challenges and opportunities when installing artwork. We have created this guide to help you prepare for install and adapt your work to the environment of the mill if necessary. We’ve also included information about the installation process and what resources are available to you.  

If you have any additional questions, feel free to get in touch with Deon Soogrim (deon@wassaicproject.org).

Basic information about the building:

Maxon Mills is a 7-story wood-crib grain elevator built in 1954. The building was restored in 2005 but is still a raw space. The gallery spaces themselves are dictated by the shape of the seven-story building and most walls are part of the original wooden structure. Artwork is displayed alongside remnants of the machinery left in the building including hoppers and bucket elevators.

You can read more about the history of the building on our website:  

http://wassaicproject.org/about/history/

You can see photos of the exhibition spaces here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wassaic/sets/72157633000944871/

You can also see photos of the space on the exhibition pages of our website:

http://wassaicproject.org/exhibitions/

Dust and debris:

Since it is a raw space, anything placed within Maxon Mills will accumulate a minimal amount of dust and debris over time.  It is recommended that all works on paper be framed.  If 2-dimensional work is particularly fragile or sensitive to dust it is best to place a protective barrier over the top of the artwork to prevent debris from accumulating on its top edge.

Humidity:

Maxon Mills can have high levels of humidity, particularly during the summer months.  It is best to plan ahead considering this fact: frame sensitive materials or works on paper, avoid exhibiting particularly delicate work, and use proper adhesives in artworks and framing.  Certain areas of the mill are more humid than others, if you have specific concerns please let the exhibition staff know and we will do our best to accommodate your work.  

Hanging mechanisms:

Most of the walls of Maxon Mills are solid wood and can accommodate heavy objects.  There is no need for wall anchors, and most 2-D work or sculpture can be easily secured to the wall, floor, or ceiling beams.  It is usually best to use picture hooks for 2-D work but screws or nails are also acceptable.  There are some areas of the mill, mostly original elements from its original construction, which should be preserved and not used to hang artwork.  Please ask a Wassaic Project staff member if you have specific questions.

Site visits:

Site visits are required for site-specific work and installations and recommended for any participating artists who have not been to Wassaic before. We will be in touch about scheduling site visits, but feel free to reach out to deon@wassaicproject.org to schedule your site visit.

AV equipment:

The Wassaic Project has no AV equipment available to exhibiting artists. You must plan on providing your own equipment. Your equipment is fully covered by our insurance during the exhibition. If you have specific questions or concerns, get in touch with our Exhibition Manager Deon (deon@wassaicproject.org).

Information about install and deinstall:

Artists are responsible for the installation and deinstallation of their own work during the install and deinstall period. If you are unable to install your piece yourself or you require special circumstances, time or equipment, please let us know as soon as possible and we will try to accommodate your needs.

Install dates:

Deinstall dates:

2D work:

We can install most 2-D work. You only need to drop it off at the mill during the install period with the proper hanging mechanism attached. If you are doing a large installation or showing work where the installation of the work requires specific placement your presence might be necessary.  Please check with Deon to confirm. 

Installations and Site-Specific Works

Tools:

Installing artists must bring their own tools so that the installation process can move as quickly as possible. If there is a problem please be in touch with Deon

Help from staff:

Wassaic Project staff is available to answer any questions exhibiting artists have about placement and installation. Staff is available to assist with artwork installation but due to limited resources all artists are ultimately responsible for installing their work.  If you anticipate needing any extra set of hands or help of any kind, give us a heads up well in advance and we will try to accommodate you. If you have specific questions or needs feel free to email deon@wassaicproject.org.