The Raclin Murphy Museum of Art will be built in the northwest corner of the Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park. The site was specifically selected to contribute to the University’s arts district which includes the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Hall of Architecture, the O'Neill Hall of Music, and a future home for the Department of Art, Art History & Design. As the most outward-facing structure, the new museum will be both a gateway to the University and a welcoming community partner for audiences of every age and experience.
Carefully situated to work in harmony with the landscape and outdoor collections of the park, the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art will be surrounded on all sides by verdant spaces which will allow for collection growth. Careful design attention in the building has been given to opportunities to physically and visually open to the natural world. To ensure the integrity and harmony of the relationship to the building to the environment, the park’s esteemed designer, Michael Van Valkenburgh, has been retained for the horticultural design. Although green spaces closest to the building will be of a more formal design, they are intended to fan into the rolling, native-inspired topography.