Orlando, Florida, January 25, 2017 – (INTUITION) – Herbert H. Patrick, Jr., CEO and Co-Founder of Zealandia Holding Company, pledged $150,000 on behalf of the company to assist the Asheville Art Museum with the redevelopment of its current facility.
Since moving to North Carolina in 1978, Patrick has a longstanding appreciation of the cultural history presented by the Asheville Art Museum, a non-profit organization that offers in-house education programs to adults, college students, teachers, and families in the community. The Museum’s mission is to engage, enlighten and inspire individuals and enrich the community through dynamic experiences in American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the exhibitions and collection of programs. The Museum is committed to providing over 125,000 annual participants the opportunity to explore a vast collection of art reflecting the cultural heritage of Southeast and Western North Carolina communities.
“I remember when the Museum was located in the basement of the Civic Center and when it moved to Pack Place,” recalls CEO Herbert Patrick, Jr. “The renovation and reconstruction of the new Museum will be an amazing addition to downtown Asheville and will be one of the premier museums in the United States for a city of our size. This is very exciting for each of us who lives in this region but also for the millions of tourists who visit our city annually.”
As a company, Herbert H. “Butch” Patrick, Jr. and Zealandia understands the importance of acting as a corporate citizen, advocating for the community and strengthening cultural developments. In the past, the company has worked with local nonprofits, such as MANNA Food Bank, Western North Carolina Nature Center, Ashville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry and the Salvation Army, along with various other smaller organizations.
Over the years, the Museum has seen a critical increase of diverse needs and restricted conditions that require renovations and expansion. Patrick’s contribution will provide the museum with relief during construction, which he hopes will help benefit the impact the organization is able to have on the community as well as a tourism. The historically preserved North Wing of the Museum united with the transformed front façade, entrance and plaza are guaranteed to establish the 21st-century architectural landmark as an extraordinary art destination for all.
“The Asheville Art Museum is thrilled to have the leadership support of Butch and Kathy Patrick and the Zealandia Holding Company to help us Make It New as we begin construction on the new Museum. This investment in the Museum’s exciting future is a tremendous gift to the Museum, to Asheville and all of Western North Carolina and the many visitors to our region,” said Pamela L. Myers, Executive Director.
The new Museum will expand the collections and curatorial facilities, galleries, a well-equipped education suite of classrooms and studios, and the addition of a rooftop sculpture terrace and café. The Museum will continue to engaged the community in its scheduled programs during construction until the new Ashville Art Museum is opened in 2018 for the Museum’s 70th anniversary.