Lawmaker wants inventory of state-owned art

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- From paintings to sculptures, a state lawmaker says Utah needs a better accounting of its state-owned art so that valuables won't be tossed out or given away.

Eagle Mountain Republican Sen. Mark Madsen's Senate Bill 10 would create an online database of all state-owned treasures held at universities, museums, courthouses and other locations.

Springville Museum of Art Director Vern Swanson says the database is badly needed. He says several pieces have been accidentally destroyed because maintenance workers didn't know the value of the works.

Madsen says database project would cost about $33,000 upfront and a projected $25,000 annually thereafter.

The bill has cleared the Utah Senate but is on hold in the House because of its cost.


Information from: The Daily Herald

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