The Muscarelle Museum of Art, located in the College of William and Mary (a public research university in Williamsburg, Virginia), was constructed in 1983 thanks to the benefaction of Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle, and has been hosting remarkable art exhibitions for almost four decades.
The museum is currently displaying its fifteenth faculty show, an exhibition featuring works from the university’s art faculty, visiting instructors, and emeriti professors. However, it should be known that Faculty Show 15 will be the museum’s last exhibition presented in the current building, as the institution is set for a temporary closure in the wake of plans to transform the museum into something bigger and better: the Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts is a thirty-five million dollar, privately funded expansion to the Muscarelle, adding halls, offices, galleries, and so much more to the large empty space next to Boswell hall.
This 2023-2024 construction project is the museum’s second renovation, expanding not only infrastructure, but also the opportunities for both the Museum and the University’s Art department to showcase, promote, and celebrate all forms of creative expression.
In this short documentary, we’ll present several perspectives on the museum’s expansion from people who are involved.
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Visit the Muscarelle website at: https://muscarelle.wm.edu/
The official expansion information: https://muscarelle.wm.edu/building-expansion/