Pulitzer Arts Foundation Announces Expansion Project To Create New Public Spaces in Tadao Ando-Designed Building
May 21, 2014

Pulitzer Arts Foundation Announces Expansion Project To Create New Public Spaces in Tadao Ando-Designed Building, And Reveals New Name to Emphasize Institutional Vision

Pulitzer to Present Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis Program Series
in July Before Closing for Construction in August 2014

ST. LOUIS, May 21, 2014 – Pulitzer Arts Foundation announced today an expansion project that will transform the lower level of its Tadao Ando-designed building into new public spaces for exhibitions, programs, and artist-driven activities. Previously used as offices and storage, the two new galleries will increase the Pulitzer’s programmable space by nearly 50 percent and offer new possibilities for the scope of the institution’s vision. The Pulitzer is working in consultation with Tadao Ando and his office to develop the design of the new spaces, which will honor the aesthetic and spatial sensibility of the building. Beginning in late August, the Pulitzer will close temporarily for construction and will reopen in May 2015 with a new schedule of concurrent exhibitions.

The expansion was conceived to extend the Pulitzer’s curatorial and public program, enhancing the mixture of exhibitions and activities available to engage the community. The new spaces will also enable the Pulitzer to develop a broader range of collaborations with artists, curators, community partners, and innovators across disciplines and to experiment with the visitor’s experience of the space. The expansion represents the first major alteration to the Pulitzer’s building since it opened in 2001 and will add 3,600 square feet of public space to 6,800 square feet of existing galleries.

“Over the last decade, the Pulitzer has grown and evolved as an institution, expanding and diversifying its program through a range of partnerships, community engagement, and scholarly inquiry. The expansion of our space is a natural next step as we look to the future and build upon our mission to the push the boundaries of the traditional arts encounter,” said Kristina Van Dyke, Director of the Pulitzer. “The construction will maximize space in our building, while maintaining the intimate experience of art that our audiences have come to know and appreciate. Our vision is to provide contemplative, unmediated access to outstanding art alongside imaginative programs that inspire visitors to think differently about art and its relationship to daily life.”

In conjunction with the expansion, the institution also announced a formal change in name to Pulitzer Arts Foundation (previously The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts). The renaming affirms the Pulitzer’s commitment to the presentation of art and the examination of the critical role that the arts play in creating healthy, thriving communities. The shift also emphasizes the Pulitzer’s dedication to continued scholarship and innovation in the field. The name change is effective immediately.

The opening of the lower level will improve the visitor’s ability to move naturally through the Pulitzer building by opening a second stairway to the lower level galleries. As with the existing architectural style, light and spatial dynamics will play an important role in the design of the new galleries. Additional details on the design, along with information regarding inaugural exhibitions, will be announced in June and available on the Pulitzer’s new website when it launches in August 2014.

Before temporarily closing the galleries to the public for construction, the Pulitzer will host a major program series that explores the science and culture of climate change in relation to artistic practice. Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis will take place in the St. Louis metropolitan area from July 30 through August 3, 2014 and bring together individuals working across art, design, journalism, science, business, and activism to examine imaginative solutions to climate change and enhance awareness of the impact that our everyday actions have on the global climate.

Organized by the Pulitzer and Ballroom Marfa, the series will serve as a catalyst for unexpected collaborations in St. Louis. Programs will include community-organized projects, chosen through an open call process, as well as those created by program organizers. Highlights of the fifteen selected proposals include: a guided walk through downtown St. Louis with artist Mary Miss, which brings together local activists to create environmental awareness among participants; a performance using biodegradable balloons filled with milkweed seeds to promote habitats of Monarch butterflies by the Natural Resources Defense Council; and several projects by local organizations including Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, among others.

MD / STL is also aligned with the Pulitzer’s current exhibition, Art of Its Own Making, which features artists who examine materials, environment, and how generative elements impact the works of art they create. A gallery talk by exhibiting artist Meg Webster is also a part of the program lineup. The MD /STL program is supported by the Pulitzer, Ballroom Marfa, the Public Concern Foundation, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

A comprehensive roster of events for MD / STL will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Pulitzer Arts Foundation provides an intimate space for exploring the arts, fosters community engagement, and inspires its audiences to think differently about art and its relationship to their lives. Founded by curator, philanthropist, and arts patron Emily Rauh Pulitzer in 2001, the Pulitzer is a non-collecting institution that focuses on exploring various cultural intersections, particularly the relationship between art and architecture.

She and museum leadership worked closely with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando and artists Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Serra to design a facility that harnesses the power of natural light, links indoor and outdoor spaces, and uses permanent art installations as touchstones for the exhibition cycles. Kelly’s Blue Black, located in the building’s main gallery, and Serra’s Joe, installed in the courtyard, remain important to the Pulitzer experience today. The Pulitzer’s location in Grand Center, St. Louis’ premier arts and entertainment district, exemplifies the institution’s commitment to supporting the neighborhood’s continued revitalization and vision to serve as a cultural destination.

The Pulitzer is free and open to the public. Normal gallery hours are Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; the Pulitzer is frequently open for extended hours to support its programming and events. For more information, visit or call 314.754.1850.


For further information, please contact:

Megan Ardery
Resnicow Schroeder Associates

Katie Hasler Peissig
Manager of Communications
Pulitzer Arts Foundation

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