Monday, December 20, 2010

Renovation Project in Final Phase of Planning Process for Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Located at 221 North Main St.
Greensburg, PA 15601
Hours of Operation:
Wednesdays, Friday-Sunday
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is in the third and final phase of the planning process for the recently announced expansion and renovation project.  A significant amount of work has been completed by the Architectural Steering Committee since its formation in early 2010.  The committee developed the selection process for choosing the architect and compiled a list of regional and national architects to receive the RFQ. In addition to this administrative work, the committee made site visits to museums within the Northeastern region of the U.S. to learn the successes and challenges of their expansion project.  Recently, The Westmoreland distributed a request for qualifications (RFQ) to architectural firms. The Steering Committee hopes to announce the selection of an architect in June of 2011. 
Over the past fifteen years, a talented team of professionals have taken The Westmoreland from its roots as a good regional museum to a nationally-known institution recognized for its significant collection of American art, noteworthy temporary exhibitions, engaging community programs, and intrepid entrepreneurial spirit. It has become an invaluable community asset with an ever broadening geographic reach and a diverse audience. Today, the Museum has become a true cultural destination and a substantial component of the cultural scene of southwestern Pennsylvania. It is poised to expand and build on its successes.  
Expanded facilities are needed to meet their public commitment to effectively present the growing permanent collection, host popular historical and contemporary changing exhibitions, and engage our growing audiences in a conversation about American art.  Housing these facilities in a well-conceived, architecturally significant building designed for today’s museum goers is critical to The Westmoreland’s future. 

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