Tacoma Art Museum will break ground on its new wing and redesign on Sept. 5, the museum announced Tuesday.
Construction on the expansion that will accommodate the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art is expected to begin shortly after the groundbreaking. The new building is expected to be completed by fall 2014.
The public is invited to the 10 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony that will begin with a blessing by members of the Puyallup Tribe and remarks by Gov. Jay Inslee. An 11 a.m. panel discussion will follow, featuring TAM director Stephanie Stebich, architect Tom Kundig, Haub collection curator Laura Fry, and Christian and Liliane Haub, the son and daughter-in-law of German billionaires Erivan and Helga Haub, who are donating the 280-piece collection and partially funding the new wing to house it.
“It’s a great opportunity to come and hear from the people putting this together,” said Lisa Terry, TAM’s public relations and communications manager.
The $15.5 million project also will include a redesigned entry plaza to improve accessibility and visibility, and create space for outdoor art. A lower-level entrance also is part of the plan.Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 firstname.lastname@example.org