Seattle Asian Art Museum.

Seattle Art Museum Receives $3.5 Million Challenge Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Seattle Art Museum a $3.5 million challenge grant in support of a new Asian Paintings Conservation Center. The grant stipulates that the institution will have to raise at least $2.5 million in matching funds over the next four years in order to endow the center.

“We are honored by this generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, and grateful for their stewardship and guidance as we’ve developed plans for the center,” SAM director and CEO Kimerly Rorschach said. “This is a significant step forward for this exciting project.” Chief conservator Nicholas Dorman added that the center will “fill a critical need for the field.”

The new facility will be part of a $45 million expansion project led by LMN Architects. The revamp will add 7,500 square feet of space to its Asian Art Museum, to be used for exhibitions, education initiatives, and art storage, as well as for updates to the 1933 building’s infrastructure.