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November 28, 2018

Simon Fraser University Plans New Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

VANCOUVER, CANADA—Simon Fraser University will build a new 12,000-square-foot art museum and cultural center in Vancouver’s Burnaby neighborhood with funds donated from the Marianne and Edward Gibson Trust. The new museum is designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Perkins + Will and is expected to open in 2022. The SFU Art Museum is intended to be a research and teaching museum with a significant community outreach program.

“This new facility will be an exciting addition to the Burnaby campus and will enrich the cultural landscape of Metro Vancouver,” Simon Fraser University president Andrew Petter said. “This visionary gift from the Marianne and Edward Gibson Trust and family will enable students, scholars, and the public to gain an appreciation and understanding of modern and contemporary art, while enabling SFU to extend its commitment to be Canada’s engaged university.”

Edward Gibson was a charter faculty member at SFU, joining the university at its founding in 1965, and later led the SFU Gallery for nine years ending in 1997. The new museum will allow the university to expand and display more works from its 5,500-piece collection of modern and contemporary art.

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