theNate Art Conservation Fund

Conservation of the art is integral to our mission at theNate in order to remain a vibrant, free, public resource for experiencing art and nature. This crucial work is the single most expensive portion of our annual expenses at theNate, requiring robust support from our friends, fans, and followers. School children, underserved communities in our region, and visitors from around the world come to experience the grandeur of monumental art set within a natural prairie landscape. With your help we will maintain the artwork in the condition that our visitors deserve and in the way the artists have envisioned.

Our Current Needs:

  • $150,000 – Mary Miss – Field Rotation.


    Excavate and repair retaining walls, replace wood walkways, paint metal elements.

  • $50,000 – Martin Puryear – Bodark Arc.

    New excavated path – conserve the piece to maintain the artist’s vision.

  • $25,000 – Christine Tarkowski – Working on the Failed Utopia.


    Disassemble, transport to shop, grind off old gelcoat, reapply new gelcoat, transport to site and reassemble.

  • $8,000 – Dan Yarbrough – Sisyphus Aviary.

    Paint & transportation to & from painting facilities.

  • $7,500 – Butte – Barry Tinsley -Painted.


    Paint & transportation to & from painting facilities.

  • $5,000 – Richard Rezac – Frame.

    Add protective coping/flashing.

  • $5,000 – 5 Bronze sculptures, every 2-3 years, next cycle is 2025

    Untitled – Abbott Pattison
    Lanieff Demeure No. 4 - Henri Etienne-Martin
    Untitled – Joel Schapiro
    The Thrown of Martin Purer’s Bodarc Arc
    Sound of the Woods – Neil Goodman