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Art Academy Groundbreaking


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Cincinnati Art Museum set to break ground on Old Art Academy Renovation

Cincinnati Art Museum prepares for its first major renovation project in 40 years with a groundbreaking at the Old Art Academy on October 12, 2011 at 10:00am; this will be the first phase of a $17.9 million project that will reuse the historic Art Academy Building for the Mary R. Schiff Library and staff offices.

Renovation will free up 13,000 square feet of space within the main Art Museum building to display more works of from the museum’s 60,000 piece collection.  The renovated building will preserve its historic exterior walls and will make extensive use of recycled materials.  The architects, AEC Emersion Joint Venture expect to obtain a LEED Gold certification for the renovated Art Academy building. Project to be completed by spring of 2013.

Danis Construction Company was awarded the contract to oversee the renovation project. Danis Building Construction Company is a third generation privately owned corporation based in Dayton, Ohio with expertise in construction management, general construction, design/build, as well as experience in the corporate, education and industrial markets.  Danis has also committed to include a minimum of 20% MBE participation.

Total cost of construction is $11.2 million, $1.5 million less than previously estimated. Museum Director Aaron Betsky attributes the 12% savings over construction estimates to the design, by AEC Emersion Joint Venture, as well as rigid oversight by the Art Museum and its Board-led Ad Hoc Old Art Academy Building Renovation Task Force, co-chaired by Dave Dougherty and Ron Koetters.  The Art Museum has already raised 76% of the project cost for the Art Academy renovation. 

The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges support from the state of Ohio through the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission for this renovation, as well as individuals, corporate and foundation donors who have shown their commitment to the mission and vision of the Cincinnati Art Museum through gifts to this important transformational project.

Groundbreaking attendees include local and state officials, project donors, and the Art Museum Board of Trustees.  Notable guests:  Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, George Vincent, Cincinnati Art Museum Chairman of the Board, Craig Maier, Cincinnati Art Museum Board President and Sherri Carbo, representative of Ohio Governor  John Kasich.


About the Cincinnati Art Museum

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Art Museum is closed on Mondays. The Art Museum is FREE, EVERYDAY!  The Art Museum is located at 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For general information, call (513) 639-2995 or visit

The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to the ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.