Major gifts to Shelburne Museum allow ground breaking for year-round facility

Ceremonial groundbreaking for the Center for Art and Education at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. on May 13, 2012. Pictured from left are Steve Gerrard, Ann Beha, Architects; Peter Martin, trustee, Shelburne Museum; Lois McClure; James Pizzagalli, chairman of the board of trustees, Shelburne Museum; Thomas Denenberg, director, Shelburne Museum; Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development; Richard Feeser, representative, Theodore H. Church, estate; Bert Cicchetti, representative Theodore H. Church, estate; Bob Skiff, trustee, Shelburne Museum; Andrew Martin, senior vice president, PC Construction.

Shelburne Museum Director Thomas Denenberg announced three major gifts to the Museum’s Capital Campaign totaling $4.5 million. He made the announcement at a groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday for the Center for Art and Education, a $7 million facility that will transform the museum from seasonal to year-round operation. The Campaign for Shelburne Museum has a fundraising goal of $14 million. To date $11.2 million has been raised.
Three major gifts to the campaign are from the Pizzagalli Foundation, the estate of Ted Church, and Lois McClure.
“The philanthropy of James, Angelo, and Remo Pizzagalli, the estate of Ted Church and Lois McClure sets Shelburne Museum on a path that ensures the institution will remain a vibrant, relevant, and important center for the arts and culture in Vermont and the region,” Denenberg said. “We are deeply grateful for their support and investment in this project, and we now look to the community for help to complete this major, new, four season cultural resource for Vermont.”
The gift from the Pizzagalli Foundation totals $1.9 million. James, Angelo, and Remo Pizzagalli, who are brothers, operated a major construction company based in Vermont before transferring ownership to the company’s employees in 2009 and have been significant supporters of Shelburne Museum and the arts. James Pizzagalli is chairman of the museum’s board of trustees.
Lois McClure is well known in the community for her support of Shelburne Museum. She was a major donor in efforts to restore the steamboat Ticonderoga in 1998 and the relocation of the 1901 Round Barn to the museum in 1986. Her ongoing financial support to the Museum allows Vermont residents to visit the museum at half the regular admission fee. Her gift of $1 million to the campaign was instrumental in the early stages of the project’s development.
The gift from the estate of Ted Church is $1.6 million. Church, who died in 2008, was founder of Superior Technical Ceramics, an international business in St. Albans, and a collector and a patron of the arts and a long-time supporter of the Museum. A selection of 19th century American and European paintings from his collection was exhibited at the Museum in 2009.
In addition to the Center for Art and Education, the Campaign for Shelburne Museum also includes an endowment to sustain the ongoing operation for the center and installation of a major fiber optic communications upgrade throughout the Museum’s 45-acre campus.

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