Nearly seven years after being devastated by Hurricane Ike, the Galveston Arts Center has received a grant for $1 million from the Moody Foundation to complete the restoration of their original home in the 1878 National Bank Building on the Strand. This grant will enable them to complete the renovation of the downstairs and upstairs. They plan to move back into the building this September, with their inaugural exhibition opening in October. Their exhibition space will be increased threefold, and they will also have a studio/classroom for more on-site educational programs.
For photographs from a 2012 visit with curator Clint Willour and then-Executive Director Alex Irvine, click here. Congratulations to Clint, Alex, current ED Jennifer Justice, and everyone else who has worked to restore the wonderful old GAC building. It will be good to have it back.