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SculptureCenter is a contemporary art museum that is located in Long Island City, Queens in New York City. Founded by artists in 1928, SculptureCenter is a not-for-profit arts institution dedicated to experimental and innovative developments in contemporary sculpture. SculptureCenter commissions new work and presents exhibits by emerging and established, national and international artists.
SculptureCenter has been an active contributor to New York City's cultural community since 1928. Originally founded as "The Clay Club" by Dorothea Denslow, SculptureCenter renamed itself in 1944 and in 1948 moved to a carriage house on East 69th Street in Manhattan. Here it established a ground floor gallery space dedicated solely to sculpture with workshops and studio space on the upper floors. Over the course of the next half-century, as the field of sculpture expanded and evolved, SculptureCenter’s exhibition and education programs have as well. In 2001, SculptureCenter purchased a former trolley repair shop in Long Island City, which was redesigned by artist and designer Maya Lin. SculptureCenter’s new facility opened to the public in December 2002, after completion of the first phase of building renovation.
On October 5, 2014, SculptureCenter unveiled its latest expansion and renovation, which includes a 2,000 square foot addition to the existing structure, aimed at improving visitor experiences and exhibition space, bringing exhibition space a total of 6,700 square feet with a 1,500 square foot enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events. The architect is Andrew Berman. The expansion budget was $4.5 million.
- "SCULPTURECENTER NEARS COMPLETION OF RENOVATION AND EXPANSION" (PDF). August 11, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
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