September 12, 2018

MassArt Raises $12 Million to Revamp Its Bakalar & Paine Galleries

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS—The Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) in Boston has successfully raised more than $12 million in support of the overhaul of its Bakalar & Paine Galleries. The institution plans to use the funds to redo the galleries’ front entrance; create a gallery for education initiatives; and add an elevator, climate-control systems, and curatorial offices. The 8,000-square-foot, three-floor gallery space is currently closed and is slated to reopen in the fall of 2019.

In a statement, David P. Nelson, MassArt’s president, said that the school’s ability to raise $12.6 million for the galleries “demonstrates the enthusiasm of private donors for investing in free, world-class contemporary art in Boston. MassArt’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries have served our community for decades, and with the help of these generous individuals and organizations our spaces will be revitalized to offer greater accessibility and expanded programming, opening the door to art and design for all.”

More than four hundred and twenty donors contributed to the campaign. The leading $1 million gift came from MassArt alumnus Arne Glimcher, the founder of Pace Gallery. Last summer, the school began the refurbishment of the galleries by constructing a new public plaza and underground utilities system. The Boston-based designLAB Architects and Dimeo Construction were tapped to lead the project.

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