The Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) in Boston has raised $12.6 million for the transformation of its Bakalar & Paine Galleries exhibition space, which is expected to reopen in 2020. The college surpassed its $12 million goal, engaged 424 donors, and received the first $1 million gift from Arne Glimcher, founder of the Pace Gallery and an alumnus of MassArt.
The funds raised will support the “full transformation” of the 8,000-square-foot, three-floor gallery space. The renovations—which began in June 2017 with the construction of a new exterior plaza outside the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and the installation of an underground utilities system—include improved public access with a visible front entrance and elevator, new climate-control systems, a space dedicated to gallery education, an expanded preparatory workshop, and curatorial offices.
In a statement, David P. Nelson, MassArt’s president, said the success of the campaign “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.”