Conocophillips Makes Third Leadership Gift Toward Exhibitions in Expanded Anchorage Museum
August 03, 2007
ConocoPhillips made a third grant of $100,000 to the Anchorage Museum expansion, bringing its total support to $300,000 for the project which encompasses long-term exhibitions of Alaska Native artifacts from the Smithsonian and the incorporation of general science that will be featured in the renovated museum.
In recognition of this support, the museum will name a changing exhibition gallery, located in the new wing outside the Arctic Studies Center, in honor of the company.
This gallery will feature small changing exhibitions of historical and ethnographic themes, and will frequently present contemporary Native art from the permanent collection. This is one of the strongest collections held by the museum, and it will be a bridge between the museum’s Alaska Gallery, which presents Alaska’s state history, and the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center.
The Alaska Gallery is the most visited portion of the Anchorage Museum today, with 20,000 students from area schools and thousands of summer tourists visiting each year. The Arctic Studies Center is a centerpiece of the new wing.
"ConocoPhillips is proud and excited to be involved in the museum's expansion and in this gallery with an important changing collection of art,” said Jack Griffin, vice president of external affairs. “We are committed to supporting projects like this that provide a rich cultural experience for all Alaskans."
The museum’s $116 million expansion project includes a new building, exhibition space and an expanded endowment. The new wing is designed by David Chipperfield and Associates of London with Kumin Associates of Anchorage serving as the architect of record. It will include the first Smithsonian Institution facility outside of Washington D.C., temporary exhibit space, library and archives and a new store and café. The existing museum will be renovated to become the new home of The Imaginarium’s hands-on science galleries.
Construction of the new wing is on schedule with an expected completion date of spring 2010. For more information, visit www.anchoragemuseum.org/expansion or call (907) 343-6175.