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Two major gifts totaling $6 million received toward the Museum of Art's $35 million expansion, renovation project

Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen

Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen

On October 16, 2003, The Regents of the University of Michigan chose Allied Works Architecture of Portland, Oregon to oversee a major expansion and renovation of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). The $35 million project will include a 55,000 square-foot addition, as well as a complete renovation of the existing facility. The University also announced two major gifts, $5 million from an anonymous donor and $1 million from Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen of Brighton, Michigan, toward the total cost of the project.

The expansion will increase the overall size of the Museum from 41,676 square feet to 95,396 square feet and will more than double UMMA's existing space. It will include the renovation of the elegant Beaux-Arts style building on the Diag. The new addition will house additional gallery space, an auditorium, class rooms and improved visitor amenities. The Museum plans to finance the project largely through private support and will undertake a public fund-raising campaign for the project in 2004 when the University's capital campaign is launched. Construction will begin when fund-raising is complete.