Kennesaw State breaks ground on new art museum
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From left, Norman Radow, chairman of the KSU Foundation; Connie Engel, incoming chair of the KSU Foundation; Chancellor Hank Huckaby; Richard Corhen, president of the KSU Foundation; John Anderson, assistant vice president for Facilities; Joe Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts; Catherine Lewis, executive director of KSU's department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books; Mike Harders, vice president of University Advancement; Dr. Dan Papp, president of KSU, and Bernard A. Zuckerman, retired businessman and naming benefactor, turn dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University on Sept. 25. <br> Cherokee Tribune/Jon-Michael Sullivan
From left, Norman Radow, chairman of the KSU Foundation; Connie Engel, incoming chair of the KSU Foundation; Chancellor Hank Huckaby; Richard Corhen, president of the KSU Foundation; John Anderson, assistant vice president for Facilities; Joe Meeks, dean of the College of the Arts; Catherine Lewis, executive director of KSU's department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books; Mike Harders, vice president of University Advancement; Dr. Dan Papp, president of KSU, and Bernard A. Zuckerman, retired businessman and naming benefactor, turn dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University on Sept. 25.
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KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University broke ground on a new art museum that will house the college’s art collection Tuesday.

The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, which is named after a retired businessman who is originally from New York but now lives in Atlanta, will be located adjacent to the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on the KSU campus and is expected to open in fall 2013.

“In building this art museum, we are realizing a long-held dream, a shared vision,” Joseph Meeks, dean of the KSU College of the Arts, said Monday. “Bernard Zuckerman has been involved from the very beginning and he provided a significant lead gift to make it possible. We are deeply grateful for his leadership and his generosity.”

Fundraising for the $3 million addition began in June 2010 shortly after Zuckerman made the first contribution to the facility, which was designed by Stanley, Beaman and Sears of Atlanta and will be constructed by Possibility Construction in Johns Creek.

In 1999, Zuckerman also gifted 97 sculptures, models and notes that belonged to his late wife, Ruth V. Zuckerman, who was renowned for her work in stone and bronze, so the Kennesaw community and KSU students could study her work.

The first phase of the museum was completed in 2007 as part of the Bailey Center. The 9,200-square-foot addition will house the university’s permanent art collection and serve as a cultural resource on contemporary art.

It includes three exhibition galleries as well as the Leo Delle Lassiter Jolley Foundation Collection Research Center and the Ruth V. Zuckerman Pavilion, which will be a glass atrium devoted to the sculptures of Zuckerman’s late wife.

“The Zuckerman Museum of Art is a wonderful example of the important role private funding plays in the university today,” KSU president Dr. Daniel S. Papp said Monday. “We are deeply grateful to Mr. Zuckerman, the Woodruff Foundation, the Jolley Foundation and so many others who understand the value of providing a state-of-the-art museum on the Kennesaw State University campus. This project would not have been possible without their support.”
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