Maryhill Museum of Art to Open New Wing

. May 10, 2012 . 0 Comments

The new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing at Maryhill Museum of Art will open to the public with a full weekend of celebration May 12 and 13. Visitors will be treated to free admission, special programs, and a first look at the museum’s $10 million Stevenson Wing – the largest cultural capital project in the Columbia River Gorge in 15 years.

The contemporary wing, with its cantilevered terrace and sweeping views of the Gorge, is the first expansion in the museum’s history and adds 25,500 square feet of space to the Northwest icon. Designed by GBD Architects of Portland, the Stevenson Wing houses an education suite, collections storage, a roomy café, and an outdoor plaza with expansive views and several large-scale sculptures.

“This is huge for us,” says Maryhill executive director Colleen Schafroth. “We have so much more space for public programs, a better café and most importantly, specially-designed storage for our collection. We couldn’t have completed the expansion without the help of the Stevensons, and the many other supporters who believed in the project and donated to the campaign. On May 12 and 13, we are throwing open our doors to the community and celebrating this incredible milestone.”

Events on May 12 and 13 include behind-the-scenes tours of the new wing and collections storage areas, photo-ops with life-sized cut-outs of Maryhill’s founders, a fly-by of antique aeroplanes, family art activities, an antique car show, dedication events and much more.

A complete schedule of events is at maryhillmuseum.org/events/dedication.html

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