The National Gallery of Art was created through a joint resolution of Congress, which pledged funds for the upkeep, administrative expenses, and costs of operations, including the protection and care of works given to the nation by Andrew W. Mellon. We are grateful to the President and Congress for their continued support of the Gallery’s mission to serve the people of the United States of America by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible professional and scholarly standards.
This year the Gallery announced a major renovation and expansion of the East Building, now thirty-five years old. As with every major Gallery undertaking, this ambitious multiyear East Building Initiative is a testament to the public-private partnership that helped create the Gallery. The expansion project will add an outdoor sculpture terrace flanked by two new tower galleries, enabling the exhibition of more art in spaces that will be at once spacious, airy, and contemplative.