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Renwick Renovation

A major renovation of the Renwick Gallery currently is underway and the building is closed to the public until November 13, 2015. Westlake Reed Leskosky is the architectural design and engineering firm and Consigli Construction Co., Inc. is the general construction contractor. This project includes completely renewed infrastructure, enhanced historic features and other upgrades that will make the National Historic Landmark building a 21st-century destination attraction.

A special opening exhibition, WONDER, featuring original installations by nine major contemporary artists, as well as three special publications and a celebratory weekend of programs and activities, will accompany the reopening.

Photographs of the Renwick Gallery, both historical and contemporary, can be downloaded for use in media coverage of the Renwick Gallery only from the Images link in the Press Room. Email americanartpressoffice[at] for the password.

Renwick Renovation Press Kit

  • Press Release: Renwick Gallery Reopening Announced by Smithsonian American Art Museum - Museum to Reopen to Public Nov. 13 (April 21, 2015)
  • Overview of the Renovation
  • History and Architecture of the Renwick Building
  • Press Release: WONDER Opens Nov. 13 at the Renwick Gallery
  • Fact Sheet: New Installation of Contemporary Craft From the Permanent Collection at the Renwick Gallery in 2016
  • Slide show about the building’s 150-year history
  • Information about Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Information about Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
  • $5.4 Million from David M. Rubenstein for Renwick Gallery Renovation (June 23, 2014)
  • Consigli Selected for Renwick Gallery Renovation (April 28, 2014)
  • Renwick Gallery Renovation Announced (Feb. 19, 2013; UPDATED Sept. 30, 2013)