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Major Gifts to Shelburne Museum’s Captial Campaign Announced

SHELBURNE, Vt. (May 16, 2012) Shelburne Museum Director Thomas Denenberg announced three major gifts to the museum’s capital campaign totaling $4.5 million.

Denenberg made the announcement at a groundbreaking ceremony for the campaign’s centerpiece project, 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.

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.

Lois McClure is a philanthropist well known in the community. Her support of Shelburne Museum includes leading the effort to restore the steamboat Ticonderoga in 1998, relocation of the 1901 Round Barn to the museum in 1986, and an ongoing commitment to underwrite admission for Vermont residents so that they may 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.

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.

About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 37 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds.  The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts.

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