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Norton Museum of Art
Norton Museum of Art is located in Florida
Norton Museum of Art
Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida
LocationWest Palm Beach, Florida
Coordinates26°42′03″N 80°03′11″W / 26.700782°N 80.053000°W / 26.700782; -80.053000
TypeArt museum
DirectorGhislain d'Humières
ArchitectMarion Sims Wyeth and Lord Norman Foster

The Norton Museum of Art is an art museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. Its collection includes over 8,200 works, with a concentration in European, American, and Chinese art as well as in contemporary art and photography. In 2003, it overtook the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in Sarasota, to become the largest museum in Florida.[1]


The Norton Museum of Art was founded in 1941 by Ralph Hubbard Norton (1875–1953) and his first wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Norton (1881–1947).

Norton, the former head of the Chicago-based Acme Steel Co., moved to West Palm Beach upon retirement and decided to share his sizable collection of paintings and sculptures. The late Art Deco/Neoclassical building designed by Marion Sims Wyeth opened its doors to the public on Feb. 8, 1941. Its mission statement is "to preserve for the future the beautiful things of the past."


In 2001, the Norton Museum of Art underwent a significant expansion when the 45,000-square-foot (4,200 m2) Gail and Melvin Nessel Wing was built and increased the size of the museum to 122,500 square feet (11,380 m2).

Ruth and Carl Shapiro Great Hall featuring Pae White's tapestry Eikón.
The Pamela and Robert B. Goergen Garden walkway

In 2013, the museum unveiled a $60 million[2] master plan designed by the British architect Norman Foster that would nearly double its gallery space and add an education center, auditorium and restaurant.[3] The new West Wing added a 43-foot-high Great Hall.[4] A parking lot next to the museum was converted into a 9,000-square-foot sculpture garden. A new entrance and forecourt along the main thoroughfare, South Dixie Highway, re-established the axial layout of Norton's original 1941 Art Deco building.[4] As planned,[2] the museum broke ground in 2016.[4]

Front angle view of redesigned Norton Museum of Art in February 2019, designed by Foster & Partners.
Front angle view of redesigned Norton Museum of Art in February 2019, designed by Foster & Partners.

The museum closed in July 2018 for renovations. On Feb. 9, 2019, it reopened, adding 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) of gallery space, new classrooms, a restaurant, and a 210-seat auditorium, in addition to the sculpture garden.[5]

Norton Museum closed for eight months in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and reopened in November 2020 with new exhibits and safety precautions.[6]


The ground-level galleries showcase contemporary and 20th century American and European art, as well as a comprehensive collection of Chinese works. On the top floor of the Norton Art Museum, there are noteworthy paintings by late Medieval Italian painter Jacopo Da Firenze, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Joos Van Cleve and Studio, Marcantonio Franceshini, Nicolas Largilliere, Peter Paul Rubens, Anton Van Dyck, David Teniers and Studio, Jan Thomas Yperen, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, and Giovanni Panini.[1] There also are examples of Chinese Export porcelain.

In 2018, the Norton Museum of Art received a gift of more than 100 works from the collection of Howard and Judie Ganek, including artworks by Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Donald Judd, Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Pipilotti Rist, among others.[7]

Rudin Prize for Emerging Photography

In 2012, the Norton Museum of Art launched the Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers, which comes with a $20,000 prize. It was initiated by Beth Rudin DeWoody[8] and is given biennially to an emerging photographer who has never had a museum show.[9]


The inaugural Rudin Prize was awarded to Analia Saban, nominated by John Baldessari. The other nominees were:


The second Rudin Prize was awarded to Rami Maymon, nominated by Adi Nes. The other nominees were:[10]


The third Rudin Prize was awarded to Elizabeth Bick, nominated by Shirin Neshat. The other nominees were:[11]


The Rudin Prize was awarded to Kristin-Lee Moolman, nominated by Cindy Sherman. The other nominees were:

Leadership over the years


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  2. ^ a b Halperin, Julia (January 13, 2015). "Halfway to the fundraising goal, Florida museum launches public appeal". The Art Newspaper. Archived from the original on April 5, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Robin Pogrebin (December 4, 2013), A New Plan for Norton Museum of Art From Norman Foster New York Times.
  4. ^ a b c Mchugh, Sharon (November 3, 2017). "Norman Foster plans subtropical landscape for Norton Museum'$100m expansion". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Valys, Phillip (February 3, 2019). "Ready for its Close-up". Sun-Sentinel. p. 1A and 27A.
  6. ^ Valys, Phillip (November 11, 2020). "Norton Museum of Art set to reopen with limited hours". Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  7. ^ Andy Battaglia (April 12, 2018), Norton Museum in West Palm Beach Receives Momentous Gift Before Re-Opening in 2019 ARTnews.
  8. ^ Megan Okrand (December 4, 2012), Analia Saban Wins Inaugural Rudin Photo Prize ARTnews.
  9. ^ Alex Greenberger (August 9, 2018), Norton Museum of Art Director Hope Alswang to Retire ARTnews.
  10. ^ Sarah Cascone (December 1, 2014), Israeli Rami Maymon Wins the Rudin Prize for Emerging Photography artnet.
  11. ^ Sarah Cascone (January 9, 2017), Elizabeth Bick Wins 2016 Rudin Prize for Emerging Photography artnet.
  12. ^ Nancy Kenney (December 3, 2020), Norton Museum of Art appoints Ghislain d’Humières, former director at the Speed, as its new leader ARTnews.
  13. ^ Maximilíano Durón (September 17, 2018), Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach Names Elliot Bostwick Director ARTnews.
  14. ^ Claire Selvin, Tessa Solomon, Maximilíano Durón (June 8, 2020), ARTnews in Brief: Berlin Biennale Reveals New Dates for 2020 Edition—and More from June 12, 2020 ARTnews.
  15. ^ Carol Kino (March 14, 2012), Meet the New Boss, in the Shadow of the Old Boss New York Times.
  16. ^ Sjostrom, Jan (August 9, 2018). "How director Hope Alswang transformed the Norton Museum". Palm Beach Daily News. Retrieved February 12, 2019.