Tuesday, September 25, 2012

KSU breaks ground on 9,200-square-foot art museum expansion

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Rendering of the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art by Stanley Beaman & Sear

Six months after announcing a $3 million, 9,200-square-foot expansion to its art museum, Kennesaw State University broke ground today on the addition to be built onto the Bailey Center. Set to open in March 2013, the extra square footage will encompass three galleries, the Leo Delle Lassiter Jolley Foundation Collection Research Center, and the Ruth V. Zuckerman Pavilion, a glass atrium to house the university's collection of sculptures by the pavillion's namesake. Zuckerman, who died in 1997, was the wife of Dalton carpet magnate Bernie Zuckerman, who pledged $2 million toward a museum space to honor his late wife. The Woodruff Foundation, the Leo Delle Lassiter Jolley Foundation and other community members and organizations pledged the final million. The museum will be named the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, in honor of its primary donor.

Spirito della Danzata by Ruth V. Zuckerman

At the groundbreaking today, College of the Arts Dean Joseph Meeks called the new museum space a "legacy of love." Zuckerman, a former World War II fighter pilot, was visibly moved by the crowd that had gathered for the occasion. "I am flabbergasted, truly flabbergasted," he said. "[She was] the most wonderful and exciting person and wife. Ruth never would have had the audacity to dream of a museum for her work. ... I have had the opportunity and you will too to see this all come about and wonder at the imagination that goes into making a piece of art."

Atlanta firm Stanley Beaman & Sears is designing the space, which will house the more than 1,000 works in KSU's permanent collection, including pieces by Marc Chagall, Norman Rockwell, Howard Finster, Pierre-August Renoir, Lamar Dodd, and more.

Bernie Zuckerman

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