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By the Numbers: Saint Mary’s College Gallery Expansion

The Moraga college establishes a Museum of Art, expands gallery space, and presents new exhibit opening this Sunday.




Saint Mary’s ushers in a new era of art with its establishment of the Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art. The SMCMoA includes the university’s original Hearst Art Gallery and William Keith Gallery, in addition to two new galleries. The new space opens on October 2. Keynote speaker and University of Southern California professor Kevin Starr will introduce the latest exhibit, “The Comprehensive Keith: A Centennial Tribute,” which features nineteenth century painter William Keith. The Scottish-American artist, who lived in Berkeley and traveled with John Muir, is known for his California landscape paintings and environmental activisim. Here are some numbers to get the creative juices flowing:

1977

Year the original Hearst Art Gallery was established at Saint Mary’s College.


4

Months of construction spent on the new space. Planning and paperwork, however, took years.


50

Percent more space at SMCMoA, with the expansion.


600,000

Amount of money, in dollars, the university spent on the two new galleries.


15,000

Number of museum visitors each year at Saint Mary’s College. This number is expected to rise.


1

Average hours a visitor spends at the Saint Mary’s College Museum. SMCMoA is known as an educational museum and strives to give visitors a more in-depth experience.


4

Cost, in dollars, of museum admission for adults. Youth ages 12 and younger, as well as museum members and the SMC community, visit for free.


0

Cost for a personal museum tour guide at SMCMoA. With the Guide by Cell program, visitors simply dial a local phone number with their cell to be prompted through the exhibits.