A $500,000 gift to the Tucson Museum of Art is the catalyst for a fundraising campaign and renovations for the downtown museum.
TMA Board of Trustees member James J. Glasser and his wife Louise made the donation, and a new gallery will carry their name. James Glasser is the former head of Chicago-based GATX Corp. He and his wife have been active in the arts in both Chicago and Tucson, where they have a home.
The renovations will increase the 3,500 square-foot museum by about 1,500 square feet. When they are completed in mid-October, the museum will have new galleries, a new gift shop, a beefed-up sculpture garden, and a new interactive education area. The cost is about $150,000, said Jeremy Mikolajczak, chief executive officer of the TMA.