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University of Notre Dame to Build New $66 Million Art Museum

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA—The University of Notre Dame announced today that it plans to build a new 70,000-square-feet art museum. The institution will be named the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, after the longtime philanthropists who made the leading gift for the project, Ernestine Raclin and her daughter and son-in-law Carmen and Chris Murphy. The amount of the donation was not disclosed.

“I am deeply moved by this transformative gift that will fulfill the museum’s primary vision—creating an arts district to not only serve Notre Dame faculty and students, but to also form a bridge to community audiences,” said Charles Loving, director of the Snite Museum of Art. “Our current museum is presently turning down some requests for tours and programs because the building is at capacity. We cannot display certain temporary exhibitions offered to us because of limited gallery space, and as the collection has grown we have had to convert some galleries to art storage vaults. In short, the new building will allow us to better fulfill the University’s mission as it relates to the arts.”

The building will be located in Notre Dame’s new arts district on the south end of the campus, facing Angela Boulevard. The project will be the first phase of the university’s new 132,000-square-foot arts complex, which will also include the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park, Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture, and the O’Neill Hall of Music. Construction on the arts museum will begin in 2020. According to a statement issued by the university, the Snite Museum will still “remain an integral part of the campus.”

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December 11, 2017