Machado and Silvetti Associates Selected for State-of-the-Art Gallery Renovations

Bakalar & Paine Galleries Renovation will expand presence of college's contemporary art space along the Avenue of the Arts
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BOSTON, MA — Massachusetts College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the selection of internationally renowned Boston-based architects Machado and Silvetti Associates to redesign the college's Bakalar & Paine Galleries on Huntington Avenue. The scheduled renovation—one of four capital projects in MassArt's $140 million campaign—will expand and update the galleries, making them more inviting and accessible to the college community and to the public.  

As one of Boston's premier venues for contemporary art, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries have showcased emerging and established artists from around the world for over twenty years, including Polly Apfelbaum, Juan Angel Chavez, Nathalie Djurberg, William Kentridge, Ryan McGinness, and Alec Soth. The museum-quality exhibitions have garnered acclaim from art critics and top awards from the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

The galleries' reconstruction will better reflect the professional programming and expand the college's capacity to provide important cultural and educational resources to the public, bringing MassArt even closer to the Boston community. Programmatic elements, including a new entrance along Huntington Avenue, a reception lobby with visitor amenities, a 125-seat performance and lecture hall, and a lower level expansion to accommodate additional college classrooms and growing public programs, are slated to be part of the final design. These improvements will help the galleries achieve at least LEED Silver certification and are a vital step towards attaining American Association of Museums accreditation.

"This corner of The Avenue of the Arts will be a vibrant nexus for contemporary art," says Lisa Tung, Director of Curatorial Programs. "As part of MassArt's growing presence in the Fenway Cultural District, our project will complement the new additions to the Gardner and the MFA. It will also enhance our ability to support the college's academic mission and to inspire tomorrow's artists, designers, and creative leaders."

In addition to the renovation of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MassArt has recently completed a newly renovated campus center, has started construction on a 493-bed residence hall to open in fall 2012, and is in the design phase for a Center for Design and New Media that will open up the heart of the campus and provide collaborative learning spaces for these disciplines. Once complete, these projects will transform the face of the campus along Huntington Avenue.

The renovation of the Bakalar and Paine Galleries are an integral part of MassArt's vision for its future. Embarking on a capital campaign in a difficult economy, the college has reached 89% of its $140 million goal. Undergraduate admissions applications are up 17% and applications to the MFA programs are up 54%. The choice of Machado and Silvetti Associates as project architects will help continue this forward momentum. The firm is internationally known for designing distinctive spaces and unique works of architecture that are tailored to the project's historic, urban, and campus context. They were chosen for their special expertise in art museums and educational institutions. Past projects include the Boston Public Library/Honan-Allston Branch, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Getty Villa, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.  

"We are excited to work with Machado and Silvetti Associates, and believe the design they create will be an excellent addition to our campus," says MassArt President Kay Sloan. "This project will highlight MassArt's continued innovation in architecture and our commitment to sustainable campus development."

About MassArt
Massachusetts College of Art and Design is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only independent public college of art and design in the country and the nation's first art school to grant a degree. The college offers a comprehensive range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees in art and design, all taught by world-class faculty, along with continuing education and youth programs designed to encourage individual creativity. Whether at home in Boston or on the other side of the globe, the artists and designers of MassArt are dedicated to making a difference in their communities and around the world. For more information, visit

About Machado and Silvetti Associates
Machado and Silvetti Associates is an architecture and urban design firm known for culturally specific and inventive architecture that is unique in its character and expression. Their designs are the result of careful integration of clients' aspirations, the project's programmatic requirements, and the character of the place for which each proposal is designed. The firm's projects have been of diverse size and nature, having developed special expertise in art museums, educational institutions, and urban design and planning worldwide. The office has received numerous awards for design, including the AIA Brick in Architecture Award, the Boston Society of Architects 2003 Harleston Parker Medal, and the prestigious International Award for Architecture in Stone. More information on Machado and Silvetti Associates is available at: