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Museum of Art to receive American Architecture Award

Story posted August 25, 2008

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has been selected by a jury in Athens, Greece, as one of 66 new American projects to be awarded an American Architecture Award by the Chicago Atheneum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and the Metropolitan Arts Press.

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The American Architecture Awards program honors and celebrates the most outstanding new accomplishments for new architecture designed and built in the United States by leading American and international architecture firms practicing in the U.S.

The Museum's $20.8 million expansion and renovation project was designed by architects Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston.

Amid a complete renovation of the Museum's interior, Machado and Silvetti integrated new architecture — a dramatic glass, steel and bronze entry pavilion, and an inviting glass curtain wall — into the scheme of the historic McKim, Mead and White building.

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The awarded projects for 2008 and other selected works will form an exhibition, "New American Architecture" to open at SESV Santa Verdiana in Florence, Italy, in November 2008.

The exhibition and awards presentation are organized by the Municipality of Florence and the Faculty of Architecture in Florence.

The exhibition then travels to The European Centre's new Contemporary Art + Architecture Centre in Athens.

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In 2009, the exhibition will start a national tour in the United States.

Following the renovation and expansion project, the Museum celebrated its public reopening and its renewed position as the cornerstone of the arts and culture at Bowdoin on October 14, 2007. Read about the Museum of Art's grand reopening here.

The Museum is also the recipient of a design award from the Boston Society of Architects 2008 Honor Awards. Read more about that award here.

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