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Renovation begins at Kennedy Museum of Art

ATHENS, Ohio (May 11, 2006) -- A second-floor renovation project at Ohio University's Kennedy Museum of Art (KMA) has begun and will conclude in early fall. Miller/Watson Architects of Columbus, Ohio, is the principal designer for the renovation.

The renovation is funded by donations from College of Fine Arts alumna Christine Demler Brown (BFA '68) and her husband Richard H. Brown (BSC '69); Wilfred R. Konneker (BS '43, MS '47); the estate of Foster Harmon in Sarasota, Fla., the Friends of the Kennedy Museum of Art; the Ohio University College of Fine Arts; and other private donations, KMA Director Paul Legris said.

"Renovating the second floor fits into KMA's mission of accommodating increased demand in programming and exhibitions and for events such as KMA's Inside/Outside Art Talks, lectures, and performances," said Legris.

The renovated space in KMA, which will be named in Christine Demler Brown's honor, will preserve and feature the existing architecture. The project will expand and enhance KMA's educational programming, which serves the university and the community. The renovation also will create more room for collection storage, refinish the grand stairway to the second floor, and create emergency exits on the second floor.


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Media Contact: Kennedy Museum of Art John B. and Dareth A. Gerlach Director Paul Legris, (740) 597-1811

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