A new name and an expansion for the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has changed its name to the Pulitzer Arts Foundation to affirm its commitment to the arts and dedication to continued scholarship and innovation in the field. In conjunction with this, the institution has announced an expansion plan that will double its exhibition space.
Designed by Tadao Ando, who designed the original St. Louis Pulitzer building in 2001, the expansion will take place on the lower level and add 3,600 sq ft of public space to the 6,800 sq ft of existing galleries. The opening of the lower level will improve the visitors’ ability to move naturally through the Pulitzer building by opening a second stairway to lower level galleries.
As in the existing building, light and spatial dynamics will play an important role in the design of the new galleries. Additional details on the design, along with information about the inaugural exhibitions will be announced in June.
“Over the last decade the Pulitzer has grown and evolved as an institution, expanding and diversifying its program through a range of partnerships, community engagement and scholarly inquiry. The expansion of our space is a natural next step as we look to the future and build upon our mission to push the boundaries of the traditional arts encounter,” said Kristina Van Dyke, Director of the Pulitzer.
“The construction will maximize our space in the building, while maintaining the intimate experience of art that our audiences have come to know and appreciate. Our vision is to provide contemplative unmediated access to outstanding art alongside imaginative programs that inspire visitors to think differently about art and its relationship to daily life.”
The Pulitzer will close for construction beginning late August 2014. A May 2015 reopening is anticipated.