The Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford, Conn., has secured $2 million from Connecticut’s bond commission to continue its ongoing renovation project, which aims to redo some 54 galleries and 20 public spaces in the institution. The work is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
The project is currently in its second phase, museum officials said, which focuses on interior improvements. …
The second phase will include floor and skylight replacements and lighting improvements, said the museum’s director, Susan L. Talbott.
The repairs will be made on a “staggered” basis, Talbott said, meaning the money raised through grants and private donations will be spent as it is received, and galleries will be re-opened as the improvements are completed.
Some of the museum’s galleries have been closed for years, she noted.
The Wadsworth, the nation’s first public art museum, now has on view shows of work by James Nares, Andrew Wyeth, James Welling and, as part of its Matrix contemporary art program, Jan Tichy.