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Art museum plans expansion

Museum expansion
Museum expansion
Amy Beck (Download MP3)

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – The Woodson Art Museum will break ground soon on a two-story addition that will give the museum more storage and gallery space.

Three foundations are paying for the project. Museum officials would not identify the foundations because they want to remain anonymous. The total cost of the project is also unknown at this time, said marketing and communications manager Amy Beck.

Officials hope to finish the project in time for the 2012 Birds in Art exhibit next fall.

“We're really excited to have this plan in the works to improve the facility and offer some more space and really improve the accessibility,” Beck said.

She said the 8,400 square foot addition will be located to the south and west of the main entrance. It will feature enhanced restroom facilities and a passenger elevator.

The museum had been considering an expansion for a while. The plans took on new urgency this fall with the donation of 43 Owen Gromme paintings. Officials hope to debut the paintings during next year's Birds in Art exhibit.