Gov. Nathan Deal speaks at Grand Opening

Gov. Nathan Deal speaks at the Grand Opening of the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art

Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art debuts

Grand Opening festivities featuring dancers and musicians at Kennesaw State's Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art on Saturday included a special appearance by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal, who helped cut the ribbon on the newest addition to the university’s arts district.

The governor noted the cultural significance surrounding the construction of the 9,200-square-foot structure.

"This is such a beautiful building here on the Kennesaw State University campus," Deal said. "To the Zuckerman family with us here today, we say 'Thank you for making this possible.' Sandra and I are so glad to be here to celebrate the opening of the new Zuckerman Museum of Art.”

The governor noted that under current state budget constraints "it is very difficult to make buildings like this happen. That is why we are so appreciative of the Zuckerman's generosity in making this happen."

KSU President Daniel S. Papp said, “The Zuckerman is the first art museum to open in the University System of Georgia in 30 years and the first art museum in the Atlanta in more than a decade.”

Papp also acknowledged the members of the Zuckerman family attending the opening, including Zuckerman’s second wife Suzanne Siegel Zuckerman, daughters Rowann Zuckerman Gilman and Laurel Bellon, and other family members.

“We are honoring the very generous gift of Bernard A. Zuckerman and his family, in memory of his first wife, sculptor Ruth V. Zuckerman,” said Papp.

The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art unites the university's permanent collection and galleries program, founded in 1984 by Roberta Griffin, professor emerita at KSU.

“The arts in Georgia encompass more than 17,000 businesses and 100,000 workers who provide artistic and cultural entertainment for Georgia residents and millions of tourists who visit each year,” Papp said. “The Zuckerman has just become the newest addition to this prestigious group of institutions.”

Papp added, “At KSU, we really prize community outreach and engaged scholarship, and the Zuckerman Museum of Art and the Department of Museums, Archives & Rare Books, which last year served more than 120,000 people on and off campus.”

Catherine Lewis, executive director of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, said the addition of this museum means KSU can continue to expand that good work.

“As Pablo Picasso once said, ‘Everything you can imagine is real.’ And as you can see, this building is finally here, a real place to celebrate the visual arts,” said Lewis.