Kelly Wiehe, Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, recently gave me a tour of the Museum to show me their plans to expand and enhance the Museum’s exhibit space.
The remodeling is scheduled to take place July 9 – October 20, 2017, and the main galleries will be closed during construction. The rest of the TMA campus, including the historic properties, will be free admission during this time. The Museum Store and Admissions will move to the Goodman Pavilion on the corner of Alameda and Main, and be accessed through the 140 North Main Avenue entrance.
The Museum Store’s current location will become the new James J. and Louise R. Glasser Gallery. In all, the project will add about 2,000 square feet of exhibit space.
This extensive remodeling and expansion is made possible because of a $500,000 gift from the Glassers, who are long-time Museum supporters.
New Frank & Jean Hamilton Gallery
In addition to the Glasser’s generosity, the Arizona Gallery (2nd largest) will become the Frank and Jean Hamilton Gallery and will exhibit the Museum’s Art of the American West collection. The Hamiltons recently gave the Museum a gift of $250,000. Frank Hamilton is currently vice-president of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.
New Contemporary Art Society and Joyce Broan Gallery
Joyce Broan and the Contemporary Art Society, have committed to a $100,000 gift. In their honor, the Museum will name Gallery 2 the Contemporary Art Society/Joyce Broan Gallery.
In an embarrassment of riches, the Museum has yet to announce another generous gift. In all, Tucson Museum of Art will garner over $1,000,000 in gifts that, according to TMA CEO Jeremy Mikolajczak, “ … will support, not only the upcoming remodel and expansion, but will fund an endowment for long-term financial stability."
Many Galleries & Programs Will Remain Open During Construction
Even though the main galleries will be closed for the summer, the historic properties, Free First Thursdays, Second SundAZe, Childrens’ Summer Art Camp, and other community partner programming will continue uninterrupted. You can visit the TMA website to find out more, www.tucsonmuseumofart.org .
TMA’s Annual Spring Artisan Market
March 17 through 19 TMA will host its 27th Annual Spring Artisans Market. This year, the Market will have over 120 participating artists for this three-day event. Beer, wine and food will be served in the Museum’s lobby.
Hours. Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Things To Do With Kids Over Spring Break
TMA’s half-day Spring Break Camp is March 20-24. Campers create projects based on art and game themes while studying game design and sports as performance art.
Spring Break Camp is 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Student drop-off is from 8:30- 9:00 AM. Snack break is at 10:30 AM. Students will need to provide their own snacks and water bottle. Student pickup is from 11:30 AM-12:00 PM. For more information and registration, go to: https://tucsonmuseumofart.org/families-youth.
The time to register for Spring Break Art Camp and Summer Art Camp is NOW!