The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, has launched the public phase of a $60 million capital campaign with an announcement of gifts and commitments totaling nearly $34 million.
To date, members of the board of trustees have pledged nearly $30 million to the campaign, including a lead gift of $5 million from Bob and Christine Stiller and gifts of $1 million or more from the Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundations, and seventeen other donors. The museum plans to increase its gallery space by 12,000 square feet, create additional public spaces, and expand its education center, restaurant, and garden terrace.
The new gallery space, which is scheduled to break ground in 2016, will enable the museum to display its collection of American, Chinese, European, and contemporary artwork and photography. The new space also will be home to the Norton’s special exhibition program, which explores topics ranging from fine art to popular culture.
"The board of trustees has done an enormous amount of work to create the foundation for a successful campaign, both in terms of planning and fundraising," said the museum's executive director and CEO, Hope Alswang. "To have reached the halfway point...before launching the public phase, and more than a year before breaking ground, is a testament to the extraordinary generosity of our trustees and the community's belief in the importance of this project."