Made as part of a $150 million capital campaign, the gift will support renovations designed to connect the DAM campus with the surrounding neighborhood and improve the museum's operations and relevance. In recognition of the gift, the event and program space in the planned Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center will be named the Sturm Grand Pavilion. Located on the second level, the glass-enclosed pavilion — which, when completely opened up, will seat approximately six hundred and fifty people — will be used to host family programs, museum functions, and community events.
The project also includes an expansion of gallery spaces for the museum's growing collections of design and Western American art; completion of architect Gio Ponti's original vision of visitor access to seventh-floor views; exterior site improvements; and updates of the museum's environmental systems and technology. Scheduled to be completed in time for the museum's fiftieth anniversary in 2021, renovation work began in January.
Founded by DAM trustee Don Sturm and his wife, Susan, co-owners of ANB Bank, the Sturm Family Foundation previously sponsored exhibitions at DAM and has provided ongoing support to its education programs and annual fundraising events.
"Gathering spaces like the Sturm Grand Pavilion set the stage for significant museum and community functions," said Don Sturm. "We are proud to support the Denver Art Museum and construction of the new Sie Welcome Center. We hope our gift will further the museum's ability to bring novel, enriching experiences to its visitors."