Remodeled Walter Anderson Museum Set To Open

Published: Jan. 25, 2007 at 10:59 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2007 at 11:50 PM CST
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From ceiling to floor, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art is back and better than ever, after a three week complete makeover.

"We have new lights now," says Curator Dr. Pat Pinson. "The floors have been freshly sanded and bleached, and everything looks like it matches for a change."

"It's been kind of sad having to tell people we're not open and there's nothing on the walls," says Public Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Feder.

Those days ended Thursday when the popular tourist stop resumed a seven day schedule.

"The museum is always a beautiful place anyway, and it's looking its best right now," says Dr.  Pinson.

And, she says, they've given everyone something to look forward to: rarely seen original works by the museum's name sake, Walter Anderson.

"It's a fairly rare experience to have all of this art work at one place at one time."

This year's Grand Exhibition features 120 works on loan from museums in four states, and from 15 private collections.

"It's all Walter's works," says Feder. "And most of it has never been viewed publicly before."

An Artist's Album of Southern Collections also features works by Louise Lehman, an Anderson influenced artist, and avid collector of his works.

"Most of this work has been cared for very well," says Pinson. "And so that makes all of these works very bright."

Seldom viewed works in a never before seen museum. It's a combination museum officials believe will bring art lovers and others back to this 15-year-old cultural center.

by Don Culpepper