1st Phase Of WVU Art Museum Nears Completion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- Work on the first phase of West Virginia University's new art museum is expected to be completed in May.

The old Erickson Alumni Center is being renovated to house the museum's staff offices, a gift shop and a hall for performances and other events.

The second phase involves construction of a three-story building next to the Creative Arts Center.

Curator Bob Bridges says about 3,000 works of art owned by WVU will be moved to the new building.

Museum director Joyce Ice says the building is slated to open in 2012.

She isn't sure when construction will start.

The project's total cost is about $10.5 million.

Ice says WVU has raised about $8.5 million to $9 million so far.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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