Susquehanna Art Museum
Kunkel Building, November 2010
|Location||301 Market St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|Area||0.1 acres (0.040 ha)|
|Architect||Mowbray and Uffinger|
|Architectural style||Chicago, Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements|
|NRHP Reference #||82001534|
|Added to NRHP||November 09, 1982|
The museum was founded in 1989 by local educators, artists, and several non-profit organizations with the goal of establishing a contemporary art museum in Harrisburg. Up until that point, Harrisburg remained one of the only state capital cities in the nation without an art museum.
Structure and contents
The museum was, until recently, located in the heart of Harrisburg's central business district, where it occupied several floors of the Kunkel Building, also known as the Feller Building, at 301 Market Street. The structure was originally constructed as a bank in 1913, later converted to a department store, and now houses the art museum with arts organization offices above. The building's accents include a White glazed terracotta exterior which creates architectural diversity. In 1925 the building was expanded to the rear in the same style as the original 1913 front portion. The Kunkel Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum is currently in the process of moving to a new location in the Midtown district of Harrisburg, in the former Keystone Trust Building, scheduled to open some time in 2012.
Highlights of the Susquehanna Art Museum include the Doshi Gallery for Contemporary Art, which promotes the work of current artists, and the "VanGo!" exhibit, a literal museum on wheels. Today, the complex includes everything from classroom areas to exhibits by such noted artists as Elizabeth Olbert, Sam Reveles, and Kim MacConnel.
The Doshi Center for Contemporary Arts was founded in 1972 by a group of community volunteers. "Doshi" is a Japanese word meaning "brotherhood." Still run by a group of local artists serving in a volunteer capacity, the Doshi maintains its original mission - to highlight new and inventive work by emerging and established artists. In 1997, the Doshi was incorporated into the Susquehanna Art Museum as the Doshi Gallery for Contemporary Art.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Stephanie S. Malik (March 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Kunkel Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- City of Harrisburg, Visitors Guide
- Susquehanna Art Museum move could change Harrisburg neighborhood
- Doshi Gallery history