- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas has surpassed a $5 million fundraising goal for the first phase of a renovation project.

The university announced Wednesday nearly 200 donors had raised $7.4 million for the museum. More than $5.8 million was given by 11 donors.

The first phase of the project encompasses 30,000 square feet of the museum’s galleries, teaching and research areas, gathering spaces and collections storage.

The university says the additional money will help improve more gallery and public spaces, and address several longstanding accessibility and infrastructure needs.

The Spencer closed for construction in April, and galleries are expected to reopen in 2016. It’s the first renovation since the museum opened in 1977.

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