Denver Art Museum gets $6 Million Gift for North Building Renovation

April 10, 2018

By Denver Business Journal Staff

Denver Business Journal

The Denver Art Museum’s North Building renovation project got a $6 million boost Tuesday, courtesy of the Sturm Family Foundation.

“This generous contribution from the Sturm Family Foundation marks the family’s commitment to the city of Denver and the community,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “We are grateful for their support, and we look forward to hosting many community events in the new pavilion.”

Founded in 1990 by Donald and Susan Sturm, the Sturm Family Foundation has sponsored major DAM exhibits in the past, including was the 2003 exhibitions Bonnard, Sargent and Italy and El Greco to Picasso from the Phillips Collection, and has provided ongoing support to museum education programs and annual fundraising events, Uncorked Reserve and Collectors’ Choice.

The Sturms’ children, Stephen Sturm and Emily Sturm, are currently co-managing directors of the foundation.

In recognition of this major gift, the event and program space in the planned Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center in the renovated North Building will be named the Sturm Grand Pavilion.

Don and Susan Sturm own ANB bank in Cherry Creek. The Sturm Family Foundation has made numerous contributions to the Denver community, including to the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Renovation of the DAM North Building began in January, with completion in 2021, the DAM’s 50th anniversary.