Columbus Museum Of Art To Break Ground On New Wing

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 events complex, as well as new Gallery spaces to showcase the Museum’s permanent collection and expanded space for high-profile traveling exhibitions.

“The past several years at the Museum have been marked by exciting growth and tangible change,” said Jay Vorys, President, CMA Board of Trustees. “After an extended period of thoughtful study and deliberation, the Board of Trustees were united in authorizing the commencement of construction of the new building. The Board believes that the decision is a significant milestone in the rich history of CMA and an important development for our city, county and region.”

“This is an incredibly powerful moment for the Museum,” said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA’s Executive Director. “The new wing will allow us to better serve our community, but more importantly, it is a reflection of the importance Columbus and the Franklin County community places on the arts.”

Columbus-based DesignGroup is the architect on the project.

Corna Kokosing worked on the previous two phases of construction and been a long time supporter of the Museum family.

The first phase of the capital portion of CMA’s Art Matters endowment and capital campaign was the renovation and repurposing of Beaton Hall. The building now houses 85 percent of the Museum staff, thereby expanding public space in the Museum. The project was completed in September, 2009, on time and on budget.

The second phase was the renovation of the Museum’s historic Broad Street building, now named the Elizabeth M. and Richard M. Ross Building, was unveiled to the public January 1, 2011. The project, which was also completed on time and on budget, included: the transformation of Derby Court by raising the floor to improve accessibility, installing a luminous skylight and improving acoustics; reimagining the entire first floor as a Center for Creativity; renovating, installing new seating, and improving acoustics in the auditorium; and performing upgrades to make the building more accessible for all visitors.

To learn more about the project and follow the progress visit: http://www.columbusmuseum.org/art-matters/