Olson Kundig is designing The Bo Bartlett Center, an adaptive reuse project that will transform a former textile warehouse into an 18,425 square foot gallery and learning center. Located on the RiverPark Campus of Columbus State University in Georgia, the Center will include a grand lobby, a main gallery, “Bo’s Brain,” a visitor’s gallery, storage and archive space for Bartlett’s work, and office and reception areas. Upon completion, the Center will serve as an experiential learning center and cultural hub for the visual arts while affording visitors a broad range of arts experiences offered within the University’s arts district.
Defining features of the work will include the addition of pivoting and shifting walls that will enable artists and curators to convert the gallery spaces as needed to suit the scale and shape of the changing exhibits and a large skylight that runs the length of the building, introducing natural daylight into the mostly windowless space. A “box” in the center of the space, dubbed “Bo’s Brain,” will include an interactive research center where students and scholars will access Bartlett’s archival materials, including sketch books, correspondence, journals, recordings, photographs, artistic notes, memorabilia, and objects d’art. The project is a collaboration between Columbus State University, the Bo Bartlett Center and Olson Kundig.
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