The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation has provided $250,000 in support of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art’s new Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art. In recognition of this generous gift, the primary entrance hall to the new addition at the Museum of Art will be named the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Grand Hall.
“The Selby Foundation Board was happy to support this request to add another jewel in the crown of this wonderful asset we have in our community – The Ringling,” Dr. Sarah Pappas, president, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation said.
Scheduled to open in early 2016, the Center for Asian Art, designed by Machado Silvetti, includes a new pavilion and a major renovation to an existing portion of the Museum of Art. The renovations and addition will create 6,800 square feet of gallery space, a 125-person lecture hall, a print study room, open object storage, and study rooms. The Center will display works from The Ringling’s permanent collection including gifts from the Citrin and Koger families as well as loans from partner institutions and the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation. Objects on display at the Center for Asian Art will examine the many cultures and histories that represent Asia.
“We are honored to accept the continued support of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation,” Steven High, executive director of The Ringling said. “This Center is an incredible opportunity not only for The Ringling but also for all of Sarasota to learn more about Asian arts and culture and to bring Asian artists, performers and scholars to The Ringling. We are excited that the Selby Foundation understands the opportunity, and we hope that others will join them.”
This is not the first time that the Selby Foundation supported a project at The Ringling. The William G. and Marie Selby Courtyard at the Ulla R. and Arthur F. Searing Wing houses the James Turrell Skyspace “Joseph’s Coat.”