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Contemporary Craft moving to new $5.5 million home in Lawrenceville

Artist rendering of exterior of new Contemporary Craft building in Lawrenceville.
Artist rendering of new Contemporary Craft exhiibit space inside its new building in Lawrenceville.

Contemporary Craft is on the move.

The cutting-edge, contemporary arts hub is leaving its longtime location in the historic Produce Terminal Building in the Strip District and buying a permanent home in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.

Its new headquarters will be in a former manufacturing facility on Butler Street. The building’s purchase and renovation will cost $5.5 million and be owned and operated by Contemporary Craft, according to news release from the organization.

The 13,500-square-foot facility will include an exhibition space, a flexible studio space for workshops and lectures, a retail space, and a visitor’s lounge. Construction is scheduled to begin in July with an expected opening date in March 2020.

“Contemporary Craft is one of Pittsburgh’s cultural gems and with this major relocation to Lawrenceville, the organization has an opportunity to shine like never before,” Mitch Swain, CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, said in statement. “The $5.5 million capital project is a major investment in rejuvenating a bit of Pittsburgh’s industrial past while supporting cultural, environmental, and economic vitality.”

Founded in 1971, Contemporary Craft has carved out an identity as a presenter of contemporary art in craft materials such as clay, fiber, metal, paper, wood and others by international, national and regional artists. The organization maintains a free admission policy and provides support for local artists.

“Our new home represents a transformational moment for Contemporary Craft,” Janet McCall, Contemporary Craft’s executive director, said in a statement. “We have an opportunity now to reach an even wider audience for our diverse range of nationally-renowned exhibitions, further our commitment to local artists, and expand our extensive public and student education and outreach activities.”

The organization will continue to operate out of its current space in the Strip District until the end of 2019.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or by email at [email protected]