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Abingdon, Virginia

The William King Museum of Art (WKMA) is a visual arts and cultural heritage museum serving residents of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The museum’s mission is to provide arts education, exhibit fine art, and preserve the region’s cultural heritage. Schulhof Rashidi Architects was selected in 2022 through a design competition to lead design and implementation of a new wing for the museum, which will house the Worrell Collection of Art.

The site is a former school situated at the top of the highest elevation in Abingdon. The project focuses on how the new building can transform the visitors' experience both within the museum and throughout the larger campus.

The new wing will feature over 10,000 square feet of space on three levels with a connecting bridge-way into the main museum. It will offer a new lobby, café, and museum store, as well as improved art receiving and storage. One entire level will be devoted to the Worrell Collection, connecting to the existing galleries via a pedestrian walkway.

The landscape has great potential as a place for artwork, art education and community use. The new design was done in collaboration with Wolf Josey Landscape Architects and features a sculpture garden, pollinator garden, sensory garden, hiking and walking paths, seating areas, and an amphitheater.

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