As the Crocker Art Museum staff anticipates completion of the new $100 million wing - which will quadruple gallery space for temporary exhibitions and triple the permanent-collections exhibition area - they were thrilled to receive two generous grants.
The Henry Luce Foundation gave $125,000, which will be used to reinterpret and reinstall the American art collection.
"The reinstallation will allow visitors to fully experience a collection that communicates a broader, and less frequently told, story of American art," chief curator Scott A. Shields said in a press statement. "With one of the nation's premier collections of Californian art, it is a story we are uniquely positioned to tell."
In addition, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation gave a $50,000 grant for arts education. The Crocker was the only museum in this area among 500 nonprofits to receive such a grant from the foundation.
The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St., in downtown Sacramento.
The museum will close early next year, in anticipation of conditioning the new wing and installing art both there and in existing galleries. The "new" Crocker is set to open in the fall of 2010.
Follow construction updates at www.crockerartmuseum.org/expansion/
- Dixie Reid