AMOA leaving downtown, focusing on Laguna Gloria
Decision comes after millions spent on plans to build musuem in city’s center.
By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
AMERICAN-STATESMAN ARTS WRITER
The Austin Museum of Art will give up the lease to its gallery at 823 Congress Ave., a space that it has rented since 1995, and focus on its Laguna Gloria property, a 12-acre historical estate and house in West Austin that is its original home.
Details were included in a fact sheet sent to the American-Statesman on Thursday, a document that museum board President Lynn Sherman said was also sent to board members and major donors.
The document said that the museum was investigating the “potential development of a sculpture park and nature trail” on the Laguna Gloria property.
It also comes after a December announcement that the museum sold its vacant downtown lot — bounded by West Third, West Fourth, San Antonio and Guadalupe streets — to Travis County for $21.75 million. The county plans to build a civil and family law courthouse on the site.