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Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education opening is Aug. 18

NEWS RELEASE — Shelburne Museum
Aug. 1, 2013

Leslie Wright, public relations and marketing manager, 802-985-0881 or [email protected]


SHELBURNE, Vt. ̶ (August 1, 2013) Shelburne Museum will open the doors to the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education on Sunday, August 18 with free admission and a celebration throughout the museum campus.

The opening is transformational because the Pizzagalli Center will allow Shelburne Museum to offer exhibitions and educational programs year-round, enhancing the museum’s role as a cultural and educational resource for Vermont.

“We would like to invite the community to come celebrate a watershed moment in Shelburne Museum’s 66-year history and help us launch a new role for the museum as hub for lectures and events, music and film along with changing exhibitions of fine art, folk art and design, 12 months a year,” said Shelburne Museum Director Thomas Denenberg.

The Pizzagalli Center’s inaugural exhibition, Color, Pattern, Whimsy, Scale: The Best of Shelburne Museum also opens on August 18. The exhibition includes nearly 100 works from the permanent collection, including, paintings, folk art, furniture, wallpapers, decorative arts, textiles, costumes, and many other forms. It will feature both well-known masterpieces and surprising treasures in Shelburne Museum’s collections.

The celebration starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 8:30 p.m. with building tours, panel discussions, arts activities, live local music on several stages and an evening wine tasting featuring Vermont wines. A ribbon cutting ceremony is at 11 a.m.

The day also includes an event that is part of the town of Shelburne’s 250th anniversary celebration. “Step Into Shelburne’s History,” with displays and skits illustrating town history and lore, is scheduled on the Museum grounds from 1 to 3 p.m.

While admission to Shelburne Museum is free for all ages on August 18, there is a $5 charge to view the Wyeth Vertigo exhibition in Webb Gallery. Museum members and children under 5 are admitted to the exhibition free of charge.

The 18,000-square-foot Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education was designed by Ann Beha Architects of Boston, an award- winning firm with experience and expertise designing for museums and a commitment to sustainable design.

Features of the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education include:

5,000 square feet of gallery space that will be used for special exhibitions on a year-round basis.

An auditorium with seating for 135, allowing the museum to offer lectures, presentations and symposia.

The museum’s first classroom designed for classes and programs for audiences of all ages.

A design that meets the LEED certification standards of the United States Green Building Council, including: High efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, underground galleries that take advantage of the thermal mass of the Earth as insulation, high-efficiency LED lighting systems, materials with recycled content and local materials including Adirondack stone and flooring from Vermont forests.

Grand Opening highlights include: Gallery talks and tours, Vermont music tent with local bands and musicians, Vaudeville tent with performances, art activities and three interactive panel discussions focused on the new center, future exhibitions and educational programs. The celebration closes with a performance by Dave Keller Band featuring Johnny Rawls. (Please see attachment for complete schedule or visit

The Grand Opening of the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education is sponsored by PC Construction. Free admission is made possible thanks to a grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation. The exhibition Color, Pattern, Whimsy, Scale: The Best of Shelburne Museum is presented by Merchants Bank and sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont and WCAX.

About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 38 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum’s beautifully landscaped 45-acre campus. Shelburne’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts. Shelburne Museum will remain open year- round with the opening on August 18 of the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education.

About Ann Beha Architects: Ann Beha Architects ( is engaged in both contemporary design and in the preservation and adaptive re-use of landmark buildings. Their particular focus is on the role of architecture in sensitive and complex historic settings. Based in Boston and practicing nationally, ABA has led planning and design projects for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut; Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire; Portland Art Museum in Oregon; Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Florida; National Women’s Hall of Fame in New York; and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in California.

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