April 19, 2024


Art Shines Through

Portland Museum of Art launches competition to select architect for expansion

An aerial watch of the Portland Museum of Art’s campus at Congress, No cost and Large streets, with the Payson Creating – the museum’s primary exhibition space – at centre-correct and, to its still left, the former Children’s Museum the place the enlargement plan is targeted. Picture courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Artwork has introduced an global layout competition to pick an architectural organization to oversee a major expansion of its downtown campus.

The museum declared plans in February to get started raising $85 million toward the job, which is probably to include things like construction of a six- or seven-story, 60,000-square-foot creating on the internet site of the former Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, as perfectly as some renovations to current properties.

Portland Museum of Artwork director Mark Bessire stands in the Payson Wing of the constructing. Ben McCanna/Team Photographer

“We are excited to invite professionals from about the planet to internalize the goals of the PMA Blueprint and flip them into bodily areas that bring them to existence,” museum director Mark Bessire claimed in a statement. “This is no effortless undertaking, as our communities have made their expectations obvious for open and innovative spaces that help a versatile vary of systems, exhibitions, and art.”

The project’s completion is however 4 many years absent, but Wednesday’s announcement is a key move. The museum is working with a New York consulting organization, Dovetail Layout Strategists, to choose an architect. Firms have right until July 1 to post curiosity. From there, the museum will decide on up to four companies to acquire a strategy style for the job, which will be due in November and will be displayed publicly. A profitable crew will be selected in December.

Museum officers and board customers have envisioned a setting up that, in addition to additional than doubling the exhibition space, would be promptly recognizable on the Portland skyline, with a rooftop restaurant and sculpture park.

“The distinctive levels of competition we have developed enables for the ability of architecture and the likely of ideas to collide, generating a system that will captivate the really greatest, assorted industry experts and will finally transform the PMA’s vision into a designed reality,” Dovetail Structure Strategists President Susanna Sirefman stated in a assertion.

The museum has been setting up for an enlargement for many yrs, but those ideas accelerated with the 2018 order of the setting up at 142 No cost St., which formerly housed the Children’s Museum.

The new developing will be developed on that web page and incorporate a ground floor with cost-free art galleries, classrooms and local community space, and space on the remaining flooring for an auditorium, traveling exhibitions, workplaces, an all-ages “makers space” and a images center.

The museum’s campus also features four other properties: the McLellan Property, the Sweat Memorial Galleries, the Clapp Residence and the Payson Creating, whose signature arches encounter the intersection of Congress and Substantial streets.

Museum officers task the addition will allow for Portland to accommodate among 300,000 and 500,000 website visitors every calendar year to look at a assortment that incorporates impressionist masters like Monet and Renoir, Maine icons Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth and other folks and a lot more present-day names like combined-media artist David Driskell and photographer Nan Goldin.

The project also coincides with an ongoing overhaul of Congress Sq., a person of the city’s busiest locations, that incorporates a redesign of the intersection and of the park that sits straight throughout from the museum.

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