Building SculptureCenter Campaign

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Like the bricks that form our iconic building in Long Island City - a former trolley repair shop built in 1907 - SculptureCenter is made up of thousands of people and programs. Each one adds something unique and we wouldn't be the experimental and innovative organization we are without them.

We are in the final stages of expanding and renovating our unique building but now we need you to cement your place in our community by making a contribution towards our Building SculptureCenter capital campaign.

Your fully tax-deductible donation will allow us to work with more artists in more diverse ways; and expose more people to developments in contemporary sculpture in a larger, more accessible facility. It will support our new 2,000 square foot, one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area, and restrooms; an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries; a 1,500 square foot enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events; upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems; and office and storage space improvements.

Your contribution will also fund working capital and term endowments to position our organization to play a defining role in the neighborhood and contemporary art field far into the twenty-first century.

All donors will be recognized on an electronic donor board in our new lobby and invited to an opening event. Please make a contribution today!

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Building SculptureCenter Campaign will provide a critical $4.5 million in building funds and $1.5 million in working capital and term endowments to position our organization to play a defining role in the neighborhood and contemporary art field far into the twenty-first century. To date, over half of the $6 million goal has been secured with lead gifts provided by the City of New York, specifically Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President; Jimmy Van Bramer, City Council Member, District 26, and Chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee; the Department of Cultural Affairs; and our Board of Trustees.

The expansion includes a new 2,000 square foot addition to the dramatic existing structure. A one-story entrance lobby will provide ticketing, orientation, and visitor services such as a coatroom, restrooms and seating area. The expansion and renovation will significantly improve the quality of the exhibition spaces and visitor circulation. The completed facility will include:

6,500 square feet of flexible interior exhibition space that will accommodate work of diverse forms and scale

a new 2,000 square foot, one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area, and restrooms;

an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries;

a 1,500 square foot enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events;

upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems;

and office and storage space improvements.

The renovated facility will bring the building into compliance with all current building codes including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Expected completion is Fall 2014. SculptureCenter will remain open throughout construction with some modification to its exhibition schedule and public hours.

In 2001, after over 70 years in Manhattan, SculptureCenter purchased a former trolley repair shop with an enclosed outdoor lot in Long Island City, Queens. Built in 1907, the building rests in the heart of a rapidly developing neighborhood minutes from Midtown Manhattan, with excellent transit accessibility and home to many esteemed cultural institutions. The initial renovation was designed by artist/designer Maya Lin with the understanding that an expansion would ultimately be necessary to fully meet SculptureCenter's needs.

The project has been designed by Andrew Berman Architect, who has designed award-winning projects for institutions including the Center for Architecture, The New York Public Library, and MoMA PS1. The plan honors the dramatic steel and brick structure of the existing building while creating a stronger street presence through the introduction of a limited vocabulary of new materials including plywood and corten steel.

For information about making a major gift, please contact Kim Schnaubert, Development Director, kim@sculpture-center.org, 718.361.1750 x 111.


SculptureCenter Building Expansion, 2014. View from main entrance. Architect: Andrew Berman Architect. Photo: Michael Moran

SculptureCenter Building Expansion, 2014. View into new lobby from existing building. Architect: Andrew Berman Architect. Photo: Michael Moran

SculptureCenter Building Expansion, 2014. View of connection between new and existing building at lower level. Architect: Andrew Berman Architect. Photo: Michael Moran

Rendering courtesy of Andrew Berman Architect showing the finished design for the facade