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Purchase Students Await Reopening Of Neuberger

A sign at the entrance to Purchase College advertises the museum's temporary closing for renovations.
A sign at the entrance to Purchase College advertises the museum's temporary closing for renovations. Photo Credit: Rebekah Marcarelli

HARRISON, N.Y. ? SUNY Purchase students  may soon be able to use the school's beloved Neuberger Museum of Art, which has been closed since the start of the fall semester for renovations.

A notice on the school's website announced that the museum will reopen early during the spring semester and that a announcement of the exact date will be posted soon. The renovations are expected to be finished by the end of March.

Students are not the only ones who enjoy the museum. It is open to anyone who wants to see fine art. It also hosts many events that pull in off-campus guests.

Painting and drawing student Lauren Hirshfield has been disappointed not to be able to use the museum during much of her senior year. “It’s frustrating and at the same time it’s kind of expected,” said Hirshfield. “Purchase can never stick to deadlines on renovations.”

According to the school's website, the Neuberger’s heating and cooling system was in need of repair. The system is vital in the preservation of the art collection.

With the museum closed students have been searching for inspiration at other venues on campus.

“It’s been disappointing not having such a great resource available," said Margaret Murphy, a photography student, "however, I’m excited about the Dolly Maas exhibit opening in the visual arts building.”

Hishfield is upset with the museum's closing. “The museum was a place for inspiration. It was really great and well-curated," she said. "Now we don’t have anything like that."

According to the school's website, the renovations are in their final stage. “Abatement and demolition has been completed and the replacement of the existing, old, mechanical systems, cleaning the existing duct work, and modifications to the building's mechanical systems are nearing completion,” a website posting said.

Visual arts student Nora Fantry can’t wait for the museum to reopen. “It's really too bad that the Neuberger had been closed for the past few months," she said. "They usually have pretty fantastic exhibitions, and in the past, the artists have given lectures and even critiques for the senior art majors."

Faculty at the Neuberger were contacted, but did not respond to messages and e-mails.

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