For years the Aspen Art Museum has been a beloved, bonding element of the Aspen community. With enriching programs for children and vacationers that incorporates the best of Aspen’s very vibrant love of the arts into a myriad of programs to enhance Aspen’s wonderful community, the museum is a treasured landmark in the town of Aspen. This small town modern art mecca is presently in the process of receiving an incredible upgrade; The museum is moving from its home of 32 years on North Mill Street to a new, 30,000 square foot facility on South Spring Street – presently under construction and due for delivery in summer of 2014.
The four-story Aspen Art Museum facility will feature 12,500 sq. ft. of exhibition space, including six galleries, an education classroom, bookstore, museum shop, cafe, office space and art storage. The design concept aims to incorporate structural and lighting elements that highlight Aspen’s world-renowned landscape. Part of this schematic calls for large doses of beautiful, natural light to enter the building. Aspects such as a glass elevator, an exterior woven screen and an open roof design (including a roof deck sculpture garden and walkable skylights) will provide the natural component of the lighting design. The rest is being handled by Avon, CO contractors New Electric, the electrical contractor chosen to wire, power and light this magnificent new space that will become a focal point in the streetscape of downtown Aspen. New Electric has been diligently working since summer 2013 with project contractors and architects to install targeted low voltage lights and track lighting to not only light the interior space, but to task light the incredible revolving exhibits of modern art housed in the museum. This project requires a high level of detail and in all levels of construction, and New Electric is skilled at performing at this exacting level of detail. This green-built project will respect the environment in every way, and as always the museum will provide free admission. Stay tuned for details about the official opening of the new museum, which will add a lovely, natural glow to its new location at South Spring Street and Hyman Avenue.