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The Expansion


This chronicle of College and Hood announcements regarding the museum's upcoming expansion and renovation starts with our most recent news.

Dartmouth Trustees Approve Next Phase of Hood Expansion

September 15, 2014, The Dartmouth, "Trustees Approve Hood Expansion"

Dartmouth Announces $10 Million Gift to Museum Learning Center

June 11, 2014--An anonymous donor has committed $10 million to Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art to create a Museum Learning Center—the centerpiece of a major expansion and renovation of the Hood, slated to begin in spring 2016.

"This gift gets to the heart of what Dartmouth does best: provide undergraduates with unparalleled opportunities for authentic, challenging, active learning experiences," said President Phil Hanlon '77. "The Hood Museum of Art is a model teaching museum, and the Museum Learning Center will expand its capacity to transform student lives. We're deeply grateful for this donor's inspired commitment to Dartmouth students and the arts." To read more, click here for the Dartmouth Now press release.

Below is a selection of press coverage related to the Museum Learning Center gift:

June 12, 2014, The Dartmouth, "Donor Puts $10 million Toward Hood Learning Center"

June 13, 2014, Artnet News, "Is Leon Black the Mystery Man Behind $10 Million Gift to Dartmouth's Hood Museum?"

June 13, 2014, Valley News, "Hood Museum of Art Receives $10 Million for Renovations"

June 13, 2014, WMUR

June 15, 2014, News & Observer, "Dartmouth Museum Gets $10 Million Gift"

June 15, 2014, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dartmouth Museum Gets $10 Million Gift" (subscription required) (Also picked up by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Washington Times, the Houston Chronicle, the Concord Monitor, the Brattleboro Reformer, WPTZ, The Sacramento Bee, and the Fort Mill Times.)

June 15, 2014, Union Leader, "Dartmouth's Hood Museum Gets $10m Expansion Gift"

Hood Expansion Architect Selection

April 19, 2012--Dartmouth announced that it had selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design a major expansion and renovation of its Hood Museum of Art. Since the museum opened in 1985, its collection and programming have grown exponentially, and it has become a vital educational resource for Dartmouth students and faculty across a range of disciplines, and for visitors from around the world. The goal of the project, which encompasses the renovation of the adjacent Wilson Hall and an addition to the 1985 Hood Museum of Art building, is to significantly increase the museum's gallery space and classrooms, and feature new entrance facilities and amenities. The Hood's expansion and renovation is an integral component of the creation of Dartmouth's new Arts District, encompassing the neighboring Hopkins Center for the Arts and the new Black Family Visual Arts Center, designed by Machado and Silvetti and opening in September 2012. Dartmouth has also initiated a renovation and expansion project for the Hopkins Center and will be selecting an architect in the coming year. Download the press release (PDF).

Below is a selection of press coverage related to the Hood's expansion and renovation:

May / June 2012, Art New England, "Raising the Hood" (PDF)

April 21, 2012, Valley News, "Dartmouth Picks Architect for Hood Expansion" (PDF)

April 20, 2012, Union Leader, "Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art to see major expansion" (PDF)

April 20, 2012, Architectural Record, "Williams Tsien on a Roll"

April 20, 2012, Architect's Newspaper, "Tod and Billie to Get Arty for the Big Green"

April 20, 2012,, "Dartmouth selects Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design Hood Museum expansion and renovation"

April 19, 2012, ARTINFO, "Dartmouth's Hood Museum to Expand as the Ivy League School Builds a New Arts District"

April 19, 2012, Gallerist NY, "Williams Tsien Will Design Hood Museum Expansion Project at Dartmouth"

April 19, 2012, Art in America, "Dartmouth Names an Architect for Hood Museum Expansion"

April 19, 2012, Hyperallergic, "New Architects for Dartmouth Museum Announced"

April 18, 2012, NY Times, "Dartmouth Chooses Architects for Revamping of Art Museum"

Last Updated: 10/1/14