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Renwick Renovation

SAAM’s Renwick Gallery opened to the public Nov. 13, 2015 after a two-year, major renovation that included completely renewed infrastructure, enhanced historic features and other upgrades that have made the National Historic Landmark building a 21st-century destination attraction. Westlake Reed Leskosky was the architectural design and engineering firm and Consigli Construction Co., Inc. was the general construction contractor.

A centerpiece of the reopening was the special exhibition, WONDER, featuring site-specific installations by nine major contemporary artists.

Photographs of the Renwick Gallery spaces, both historical and contemporary, and installation views of WONDER 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
  • Overview of the Renovation
  • History and Architecture of the Renwick Building
  • Press Release: WONDER Opens Nov. 13 at the Renwick Gallery
  • Opening Weekend Programs Advisory
  • Innovative LED Lighting Design at the Renwick Gallery: Fact Sheet
  • Three New Books Celebrate Renwick Opening
  • 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)