Build it and they will ... name it after you?
The Shelburne Museum has announced the long-awaited moniker for its not-even-open-yet Arts and Education Center, and it is Pizzagalli! Which is a good thing, because "Arts and Education Center" is really boring. "Pizzagalli" has, well, pizzazz.
So named for James, Angelo and Remo Pizzagalli and their families, the beautiful stone-and-glass facility officially opens on August 18.
The Pizzagallis are not only builders (PC Construction); they are notable local philanthropists. James is past chair and current member of the board of trustees, and the family is credited as "longtime museum benefactors" in a press release issued this morning. Said James:
We believe strongly in Shelburne Museum’s mission and are proud to see the institution move forward with this building and with a year-round program of educational offerings and exhibitions.
Inside the center, two wings are separately named for other generous donors: The Theodore H. Church Exhibition Wing, after the late art collector and owner of Superior Technical Ceramics Corp. in St. Albans; and the J. Warren McClure and Family Education Wing, honoring a well-known philanthropic clan.
The Pizzagalli Center is part of an ongoing $14 million capital campaign, which includes an endowment to sustain operations of the building, as well as to install a fiber-optic communications network throughout the 45-acre campus. If Electra Havemeyer Webb could see her museum now!
Expect a ribbon cutting and daylong festivities on Sunday, August 18.