GRAM Unveils Plans

April 16, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) this morning unveiled the design for its planned 100,000-square-foot building and introduced the $75 million campaign to build and endow it.

The facility, to be constructed at the museum’s new Monroe Center site adjacent to Rosa Parks Circle and designed by London-based architects Munkenbeck and Marshall, will triple gallery and exhibition space and feature a new family and learning center plus a museum gift shop, café and auditorium.

Design development will continue through 2003 and construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2004. Target opening date for the new Museum is in late 2006.

GRAM also announced the campaign leadership team responsible for raising capital and endowment funds to construct and operate the new facility.

The members are Kate Pew Wolters, member of the GRAM Foundation Board, Sam Cummings, campaign committee co-chair, Barbara Jackoboice, GRAM board president, and Celeste Adams, GRAM director. The team this morning unveiled a scale model of the Munkenbeck and Marshall design featuring top-lighted galleries and glass-roofed lobby areas.

The campaign team — also including Pew Wolters, managing co-chair; Pam DeVos, co-chair and Hank Meijer, co-chair —  will build upon a $20 million lead gift from the Wege Foundation, announced in November 2001.

Peter Wege, Richard DeVos and Lena Meijer serve as honorary campaign co-chairs.

“GRAM has assembled a talented leadership team prepared to make our dream for a premier Art Museum in the heart of Grand Rapids a reality,” said Pew Wolters, an honorary GRAM trustee.

“The new Grand Rapids Art Museum will further define our community as one deeply committed to rich and diverse cultural activities and to partnerships between cultural and educational institutions.”

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