University of Maine Museum of Art Receives $1.3 Million Donation to Expand

The Museum of Art at The University of Maine (UMaine), a Council member, has received a $1.3 million gift to allow the museum to nearly double in size over the next year.

The donation comes from Donald Zillman, who previously held a series of senior leadership posts within the UMaine system, and his wife Linda, an art historian and curator.  The funds will be used to create five new galleries to showcase the museum’s art, bringing the total number of galleries to 12 and increasing public gallery space by 40 percent. When the renovations are complete, the museum will welcome art enthusiasts from New England and even Canada, with a special focus on forming lifelong connections between young patrons and art.

“The Zillmans’ vision and generosity have made a difference in Maine for many years,” said University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “This gift advances the museum’s mission and continued growth with improvements in its physical facilities. The result will be more experiences for visual art lovers of all ages.”

The New England Council commends the Zillmans for their generosity and looks forward to seeing the growth of the museum at UMaine. Read more in the Bangor Daily News.

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