PAMM Exceeds Annual Attendance and Other Key Goals in First Year in Museum Park

Museum also announces $6 million in Capital Campaign gifts and 20 major new works to collection. 

Miami, FL—December 2, 2014—Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announced today that it has welcomed 300,000 visitors—including more than 70,000 children and students—to the museum since its December 2013 opening, surpassing its projected annual attendance goal of 200,000. PAMM membership has increased dramatically, with over 9,000 member households today, compared to approximately 1,000 member households at its previous location, and generated in excess of $2.24 million in revenue through these memberships. PAMM has also raised an additional $6 million in major gifts, bringing its campaign to more than 90 percent of goal, and secured significant works for the museum’s permanent collection.

“The response from our visitors and supporters over the last 12 months has been tremendously gratifying,” said Thom Collins, PAMM’s director. “When the new facility opened, the museum redoubled its commitment to developing a diverse roster of exhibitions and programs and to supporting arts education in this community. The volume of visitors, as well as the additional gifts to the museum of both money and art, affirms our strategic direction.”

Since opening, PAMM has grown its endowment to ensure the museum’s continued success. Major gifts totaling $6 million have been given to the museum, including: $1.5 million from Padma and Raj Vattikuti; $1.25 million from Neerja Sethi and Bharat Desai and the DS Foundation; $1 million from the Heckscher Foundation for Children; $500,000 from Robert Rosenberg and the Rosenberg Family Foundation; $250,000 from the Efroymson Family Fund; $250,000 from Christian and Suzanne Armstrong; and a combined $1.25 million in other gifts. This brings the museum to a total of $201 million raised toward its $220 million campaign goal.

The museum’s permanent collection also continues to grow with major works. A gift of six works by American women artists from JPMorgan Chase & Co. was recently announced at the museum’s Seventh Annual Corporate Luncheon. This gift includes art by Pat Stier, Marilyn Minter, Jenny Holzer and Maya Lin, across a range of different media. Among other recent gifts are five major works from collectors Dede and Robert Moss, including a Mark di Suvero sculpture that will be installed in PAMM’s sculpture garden, and the recently announced gift of 10 works of art from Holding Capital Group Inc., including prints by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist. These prints are on view at the museum through March 1, 2015, in the exhibition Beyond the Limited Life of Painting.

PAMM serves one of the most diverse populations in the United States. The city of Miami is home to a vibrant mix of cultures and traditions from across North America, the Caribbean, and South America, and the museum’s commitment to its local community is reflected in its visitorship, of which 56 percent came from Miami-Dade County and across Florida. The museum also has the largest art education program in Miami-Dade County outside the school system, and the museum has already reached more than 70,000 students and children. At the same time, the new museum has attracted tourists from more than 90 countries, as well as all 50 states. The museum’s most significant international visitation has come from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

The museum will celebrate its one-year anniversary during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 with a time-based art performance by DJ super group Future Brown as well as the December 2 opening of R.R. and the Expansion of the Tropics, an installation by Mexico City-based artist Mario García Torres. Commissioned by PAMM for one of its first floor project galleries, García Torres is considering notions of South Florida as a site for withdrawal from society for the purposes of artistic creation. In September, the museum opened Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico. This is the first major U.S. survey of works by Brazilian abstract artist Beatriz Milhazes, and features over 40 large-scale paintings, collages, and screenprints.

About PAMM:
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas; advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture, and design; and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the facility opened in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013, is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming. The facility features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with spacious galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab, and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

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Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is provided by the City of Miami and the Omni Community Redevelopment Agency (Omni CRA). Pérez Art Museum Miami is an accessible facility. All contents ©Pérez Art Museum Miami. All rights reserved.
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