MALVERN, PA — State Rep. Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery, announced today that a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant worth $25,000 has been awarded to Wharton Esherick Museum to expand upon its educational outreach and programming.
The funds come from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, which supports preserving, protecting and promoting historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania. Wharton Esherick Museum said they will use these funds to create a master campus plan exploring how to connect two buildings on the property, Wharton Esherick Studio and Sunekrest, which is the Esherick farmhouse on the lower campus. The master campus plan will also develop a strategy for integrating Esherick’s 1956 Workshop.
Currently, the museum’s studio serves as its sole event and exhibit space. Wharton Esherick Museum’s executive director, Julie Siglin, said she’s looking forward to the upgrade, as the museum will be able to accommodate more visitors at a time.
“With the addition of Sunekrest, the museum is poised to expand its footprint by creating a master campus with increased exhibit and programming space, and improved accessibility,” Siglin said. “This planning process will allow us to explore the true breadth of that mission as we consider new ways to interpret his work and influence, beyond the walls of the studio.”
“I’m excited to see what this planning process will lead to,” Shusterman said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to not only preserve this fascinating piece of local art history, but it will also bring the community together and serve as a beautiful gathering space. I’m very grateful Wharton Esherick Museum was selected to receive these funds.”
Shusterman said the project will meet the Statewide Historic Preservation Plan goals by increasing visitor access to a distinctive architectural site that helps tell one of the commonwealth’s unique creative stories.
Source: Rep. Melissa Shusterman, 157th Legislative District