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A photo of the existing Peninsula Fine Arts Center. (Photo courtesy PFAC at CNU)
A photo of the existing Peninsula Fine Arts Center. (Photo courtesy PFAC at CNU)

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will move forward with a planned merge with Christopher Newport University following Monday’s membership vote at its annual meeting.

The merger follows Virginia General Assembly approval of CNU’s plan to move ahead with designing a new Fine Arts Center. The existing PFAC building will remain open until construction of the new center at CNU, planned for 2017, is complete.

PFAC will eventually change its name to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center at CNU, but will keep its current name through at least the next year.

According to a joint release from PFAC and CNU, the merger will lead to enhanced exhibitions, programming and educational opportunities.

“Our mission is to instruct and inspire, and nothing instructs and inspires more powerfully than great art and great architecture. This new relationship helps us to fulfill our educational mission and in partnership with the PFAC expand and enhance visual-arts programming for all the citizens of our community and Commonwealth,” said Paul Trible, CNU’s president, in the news release.

Plans for the future center include hosting “traveling collections, the presentation of exhibitions by emerging and regional artists, cross-disciplinary and experiential learning opportunities for students of all ages, and the establishment of a permanent collection,” reads the release.

The PFAC at CNU will remain an affiliate of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. PFAC has about 1,000 members.

“As we create a new art museum for the 21st century, we are able to take advantage of the Center’s resources as well as the vast array of arts programs at CNU. The new fine arts center will allow for the presentation of nationally significant exhibitions, research and conservation, and it will create opportunities to develop new audiences from throughout Hampton Roads and beyond,” said Courtney Gardner, Executive Director of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, in the release.