Construction is slated to begin in August (2014) on an expansion project that will transform the lower level of Tadao Ando’s Pulitzer Arts Foundation building in St. Louis into a public space for exhibitions, new programs and artist-driven activities. Previously used as offices and storage, the two new galleries, also designed by Ando, will expand the Pulitzer’s programable space by nearly 50 percent. This will be the building’s first major renovation since opening in 2001.
“Over the last decade, the Pulitzer has grown and evolved as an institution, expanding and diversifying its program through a range of partnerships, community engagement, and scholarly inquiry. The expansion of our space is a natural next step as we look to the future and build upon our mission to the push the boundaries of the traditional artsencounter,” said Kristina Van Dyke, Director of the Pulitzer.
“The construction will maximize space in our building, while maintaining the intimate experience of art that our audiences have come to know and appreciate. Our vision is to provide contemplative, unmediated access to outstanding art alongside imaginative programs that inspire visitors to think differently about art and its relationship to daily life.”
In conjunction with the expansion, the institution also announced a formal change in name to Pulitzer Arts Foundation (previously The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts).
News via the Pulitzer Arts Foundation