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August 29, 2017

Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University Reopens After Two-Year Renovation

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA—Following a two-year renovation and the construction of a new wing, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University reopened August 26. Plans for a new museum on North Carolina State University’s Raleigh campus were first announced in 2012, shortly after Roger Manley was appointed director. The Gregg’s expansion and renovation were designed by architect Phil Freelon of Perkins+Will.

“What I wanted with the new place was a flexible building that wouldn’t get in the way of the art,” Manley said. “Quite a few art museums seems to be a lot more about the building and not the stuff in it, even the Guggenheim. I wanted something that would be second-fiddle to the art we display, very plain and simple yet adaptable.”

David Menconi of the News & Observer reports that the new museum, including the repurposed Historic Chancellor’s House and the new wing, boasts 24,000 square feet of gallery, office, and classroom space, as well as grounds for a public sculpture garden. The Gregg’s new location completes an “unofficial art campus” with the university’s nearby Theatre in the Park and Pullen Arts Center, both of which are being renovated.

Fundraising began in 2011 when the Gregg was in the Talley Student Center with the intention of constructing a new purpose-built museum from the ground up. Renovation and construction of the new wing totaled $9.5 million, with $4.6 million provided by the university’s Talley Renovation Fund, with another $4 million provided by private donations, and the remainder by the city of Raleigh and Wake County. Admission to events and exhibitions at the Gregg will remain free and open to the public.

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