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$3 million and 9,200-square-foot KSU museum expansion gets the OK

University answers generous pledge and wins approval from the Board of Regents

Kennesaw State University's art program keeps growing. Atlanta dance darling Lauri Stallings is an artist-in-residence] for its dance program. Last July, artist/professor Teresa Bramlette Reeves was named director and chief curator of its art museum and galleries. Now KSU — the third largest university in Georgia — has announced a $3 million expansion to its art museum to be completed by March 2013.

Local architecture firm Stanley Beaman & Sears will be designing the 9,200-square-foot addition to the building, originally built in 2007, which will include more exhibition space in addition to a center for interdisciplinary research. KSU's permanent collection has grown to include more than 1,000 works since a gift of five prints from local collectors Fred D. Bentley Sr. and J. Allan Sellars 40 years ago. It holds pieces by Marc Chagall, Norman Rockwell, Howard Finster, Pierre-August Renoir, Lamar Dodd, and more.

Funding for the phase II expansion began with a $2 million pledge from retired carpet industry executive Bernard Zuckerman that required the university to raise an additional $1 million. One hundred sculptures by Zuckerman's late wife Ruth will be displayed in a new wing, the all-glass "Ruth V. Zuckerman Pavilion."

A yet to be determined exhibit will celebrate the expansion's grand opening next spring.