Why did we renovate?

We wanted the museum to be more appealing to a wider audience: not just art lovers, but folks who don't think of themselves as "museum people."

We've added new spaces for interactive play and reimagined the entire layout of the museum with our guests in mind. Grab a cup of hot tea in the gift shop, or grab a portable, foldable stool to take a load off.

We're hoping the new CMA will be the heart of the downtown community, and a special place where everyone can laugh, play, and learn.

What we gained:

  • Upstairs Galleries (3846 square feet)
  • Interactive Gallery (1210 square feet)
  • Renovated Loft Space (6385 square feet)
  • Studio Space (527 square feet)
  • Offices for Staff (769 square feet)
  • New Vault Storage Space (2208 square feet)

Framed: The Restoration

We're reconceptualizing all of the collection galleries, so you'll see some new and different art up on the walls when they reopen later this year.  

Some of those works, while beautiful, needed new frames. Enter CMA exhibition preparator Laura Hine. In this CMA Story we get an in-depth look at the painstaking process behind her efforts to restore an antique gilt frame to its former glory.

“A lot of people are intimidated by an art museum. They really feel like they’re supposed to have a PhD in art history to walk in, but that’s not what a museum is supposed to be. We want you to be able to relax, have a good time, be playful, be curious.”

 

-Joelle Ryan Cook, CMA Deputy Director

The Collection

One way we're making the museum more accessible to everyone is through our reorganization of the collection. Rather than organizing the art in a traditional way, by time periods or geography, we have grouped items together by theme for a more creative viewing experience. We hope that our interesting thematic groupings, like "Spiritual Beings," will keep you moving through the galleries, wondering what's around the next corner.

Who's this guy? Lokapala is a Buddhist protector spirit, invoked to remove obstacles to practice.

Donors, you nailed it!