For Immediate Release:
February 19, 2015
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
Columbus Museum of Art Announces Opening Date for New Wing
(Columbus, OH) – The Columbus Museum of Art today announced the public opening of its new 50,000 square foot wing will be Sunday, October 25 at 10:00 am. The event will mark the completion of the third and final phase of the Museum’s Art Matters campaign.
The $37.6 million project encompasses major renovations to the Ross Wing and lobby area the Museum added in 1974 and the construction of a new wing. These changes will result in a unique meeting and special event complex, as well as new Gallery spaces to showcase the Museum’s permanent collection and expanded space for high-profile traveling exhibitions.
Columbus-based architecture firm DesignGroup led by award-winning architect Michael Bongiorno, a graduate of the prestigious Pratt Institute School of Architecture, has spearheaded the project. Recognized for the talent, experience, and innovation applied to successful local and regional urban projects, Bongiorno specializes in the design of civic facilities, cultural destinations, and residential mixed-use communities. His recent projects include the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, the Columbus West Family Health Center, and Goodwill Columbus’ Headquarters.
Corna Kokosing has been the general contractor for the project. A partner on the previous two phases of the CMA’s construction, Corna has long been a part of the Museum family and the Columbus community. The company has a history of being a loyal supporter of the arts and Mark Corna, president, has personally been a vital member of the Columbus arts community for many years. Corna is committed to improving their industry, community, and the environment. Not only have they constructed or renewed many of the landmark buildings in the area, but also they have become active participants in many charitable and cultural events that mark the fabric of our city.
The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.
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