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MassArt Receives $225,000 Grant from Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund for Bakalar & Paine Galleries Renovation

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Boston, MA – June 7, 2017 – Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) was awarded a $225,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund of the Massachusetts Cultural Council to complete the renovation and expansion of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, New England’s largest free contemporary art space. In total, Massachusetts Cultural Council has committed $475,000 to the renovation project, including a $250,000 grant for design planning awarded in 2012.

“We are grateful for the continued support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Governor Baker for this important project and for their commitment to the arts and culture,” said President David Nelson. “With the revitalization of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, one of MassArt’s largest classrooms and New England’s largest free contemporary art space, we can better fulfill our mission of welcoming the members of our community to experience, learn about, and enjoy the world of art and design with us.”

In May 2016, MassArt officially kicked off the public phase of UNBOUND: Campaign for the Bakalar & Paine Galleries with a $1 million gift from Pace Gallery founder and MassArt alumnus Arne Glimcher (BA’60, Painting). To date, MassArt has raised $8.2 million towards the $12 million total for the project. UNBOUND will fund a transformative revitalization of the 8,000 square foot, three-floor gallery space, which currently showcases four exhibitions per year by some of the world’s most influential, established and emerging contemporary artists. Campaign funds will support restoration and preservation within the historic galleries that occupy one of the original campus buildings. Renovations will allow for improved public access with a visible street-side front entrance on Huntington Avenue, new climate and relative humidity control systems that will allow for year-round programming, an elevator, new curatorial offices, a new gallery education room, an expanded preparatory workshop, and visitor amenities. designLAB Architects and Dimeo Construction have been selected for the project.

Phase 1 renovation summer 2017

This summer, the College plans to begin Phase 1 of the project—renovation of the exterior plaza and the installation of an underground utilities system. The landscape architecture will physically and aesthetically connect the 1,875 square foot plaza outside the Bakalar & Paine Galleries with the adjacent Design and Media Center plaza, completing the beautification of MassArt’s streetscape on Huntington Avenue.

MassArt serves as a resource and community center for the public and stands as the anchor for the neighborhood’s revitalization. Situated at Huntington and Longwood Avenues, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries are located at a bustling intersection of universities, arts institutions, a world-class medical and academic center, and the residents of the Mission Hill neighborhood. The improved landscape and planned street-side front entrance to the Galleries—often the public’s first encounter with the College—will provide a welcoming space for the community. Among its neighboring academic buildings of traditional brick facades, the newest structures on MassArt’s campus offer transparency to showcase the creative process and invite the public to participate.

Revitalization of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries marks the final phase of the College’s $140 million comprehensive campaign launched in April 2010 for the transformation of the entire MassArt campus, which stands as the “top” of the Avenue of the Arts. The Gold LEED Certified Kennedy building was renovated in 2008 and two new award-winning buildings were constructed, the Gold LEED Certified “Tree House” Residence Hall (2012) and the Silver LEED Certified Design and Media Center (2016).


About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, 2016 Project Runway winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. For more information, visit Follow MassArt on social media: TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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