Tampa Museum of Art Announces Major Expansion • St Pete Catalyst
Eleven years after the Tampa Museum of Art received its last elaborate makeover, in the form of an all-new building, the century-old institution will double its physical size with an expansion of $ 68 million.
Museum administrators announced on Monday the addition of a four-story steel and glass structure spanning the Hillsborough River. The addition is designed by New York-based Weiss / Manfredi, the same company that manages the existing renovations announced in June. This project (expected to be completed next year) will add 25,000 square feet to the museum – the Tampa Museum of Art’s “Centennial Campaign”.
An additional 51,000 square feet will be added when the expansion is complete, ideally by 2024.
Over 80% of the $ 80 million budget for renovations and expansion will be privately funded by the museum’s board of directors, the foundation’s board of directors and other community supporters, patrons and members of the museum, according to a prepared statement.
Administrators say that the renovation and expansion, when completed:
Add five new art galleries, a renovated sculpture gallery, flexible multimedia gallery space and more, increasing exhibition and collection space from 14,800 to over 43,000 square feet;
Triple the event space;
Significantly increase the educational space by adding a new auditorium and educational wing, comprising four classrooms, a hall, orientation spaces and more;
Major improvements will also be made to public spaces outside the building; including new landscaped public accesses and pedestrian plazas.
“I think with this addition, people will see Tampa differently,” said Jerry Divers, director of the Tampa Art Museum Foundation, chairman of the campaign cabinet. “Having lived in the Tampa Bay area all my life, this city has been very important to me. I believe that the cultural life of the city is the key to our long term success, and I believe that a fine arts museum is the key to this cultural life.