Walker Art Center receives $1 million gift

Cinephiles will rejoice to hear that the Walker Art Center will be spending some time and money in the coming years to improve its theater and to further preserve its film collection. Its budget is a healthy $1 million dollars, and was a gift from the Bentson Foundation.  


The museum's collection, which features over 850 works, includes pieces ranging from documentaries, to avant-garde films by Paul Sharits, to classic works from Salvador Dali, to silent pieces by the Lumiere Brothers, to contemporary cinema. The gift will allow the center to digitize its library as well as to further preserve the original films.

In addition to working with the collection, the money will also allow for improvements in the cinema facility. New seating, projectors, and acoustic technology are all planned additions to the space.

"From digitizing 16mm and 35mm films prints to upgrading our cinema to become a state of the art exhibition facility, we will be able to show the films to a much wider audience while continuing to present films in their original formats to scholars and students," says Walker film/video curator Sheryl Mousley.

The venue hosts several major films events throughout the year, including the Regis Dialogues, the British Arrows (formerly the British Advertising Awards), and the Premieres series.