Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art
As it celebrated its fifth anniversary, the Pizzuti Collection approached Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) to answer the question, What’s next? Joining forces and working collaboratively, the Boards of both the Pizzuti Collection and CMA created a milestone moment that secures the Pizzuti Collection’s legacy as an artist-centric contemporary program, transforms CMA’s collection by repositioning it as a multi-faceted contemporary program, and elevates Columbus’ art scene.
Founded by Ron and Ann Pizzuti in 2011, the Pizzuti Collection is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) that operates as a museum. This generous, community-minded, arts-loving couple is recognized nationally and internationally for their contemporary art collection and their decades-long passion for supporting global contemporary artists.
What does this mean for the Pizzuti Collection and the Columbus Museum of Art?
• New Leadership. On January 1, 2019, the CMA Board of Trustees and Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes will assume leadership for and operation of the Pizzuti Collection exhibitions and programs which will be called the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art.
• Exhibitions & Programs. Exhibitions planned by the Pizzuti Collection through June 30, 2021 will continue to be presented at 632 North Park Street in the Short North.
• Asset Transfer. As authorized by the Pizzuti Collection’s Board of Directors and approved by CMA’s Board of Trustees, ownership of the building at 632 North Park Street, Columbus, Ohio, will be transferred from the Pizzuti Collection to CMA. The building was gifted to the Pizzuti Collection by Ron and Ann Pizzuti after they restored it for use as a contemporary art museum. The Pizzutis also gifted access to their personal contemporary art collection for exhibitions in the museum and will continue to allow access to their collection. In addition, the Pizzutis will donate several works from their personal collection to CMA by December 31, 2018.
• Impact of Gift. The transfer of the building authorized by the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Pizzuti Collection, along with a very generous gift of artworks by Ron and Ann Pizzuti makes this one of the largest transformational gifts received in CMA’s history.
Pizzuti Collection and CMA Marriage Will Raise City’s Art Profile, Columbus Dispatch, 9/8/18
For a video celebrating the legacy of the Pizzuti Collection’s click here.