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The New Euphrat

"The Euphrat is a local art treasure. It reflects the values of creativity, participation, and artistic development which make it one of the most respected Museums of Art in our area. I proudly support the Euphrat and look forward to viewing future presentations in their new space."

Dianne McKenna, Former Santa Clara County Supervisor

Read a review of the inaugural art exhibition, Looking Back, Looking Ahead, held in the new Euphrat.

New Space
This is an exciting time of change for the Euphrat Museum of Art. In February 2009, the Museum opens its doors to a brand new exhibition space connected with the new Visual and Performing Arts Center at De Anza College. The new Euphrat Museum is a signature building with a prominent location and visibility from Stevens Creek Boulevard. In connection with a performance hall and art history classroom, it forms a vibrant Visual and Performing Arts complex. This configuration will facilitate joint receptions, joint programming, connecting college and community users.

The new Visual and Performing Arts Center/Euphrat Museum of Art
The new Visual and Performing Arts Center/Euphrat Museum of Art. Photo by Chia Wen.

Designed with the expertise of Mark Cavagnero, Mark Cavagnero Associates, working with the project's DES Architects & Engineers, the interior is a clean, modern art space, with track lighting and internet connections, flexible to serve a variety of art installations, lectures, and events. The galleries have a view to Stevens Creek Boulevard, a garden patio, and a shared lobby. An Education/Preparator Room will enable student interns to work with museum professionals and will provide resources and development space for our educational programming including hands-on Teaching Tours. A garden patio will have multiple uses, as extended reception area and collaborative activity area. Offices, storage room, and covered delivery area provide the infrastructure for staff to borrow artwork and to develop comprehensive exhibitions.

The new Visual and Performing Arts Center/Euphrat Museum of Art
The new Euphrat Museum of Art entrance. Photo by Chia Wen.

While Measure E and Measure C bond funding provided for construction and basic equipment of the new Euphrat Museum of Art, it does not cover a variety of specialized museum design and equipment needs. Your financial investment will be critical to the refurbishment and advancement of this De Anza College treasure.

Greg W. Serniuk Hope
The "HOPE" sign was part of Building Together, the Euphrat collaborative public art project on the construction fence for the new Euphrat Museum of Art, Visual and Performing Arts Center. Construction workers liked it and moved it around the construction site as the building progressed. Photo by Greg W. Serniuk.

New Direction
With this new building comes a vision for art and civic engagement. The Euphrat has developed a lecture series on Art and Civic Leadership. With the solid track record of our Arts & Schools Program, which provides over 32,000 student hours of instruction each year, the Euphrat plans to expand its reach into community art education, joining professional artists and students of all ages in using art as part of the community building process. Working together, we will identify our shared values and creatively help to address the issues of our community. Join us and support our initiatives in this direction.

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