Dr. Ray Perryman at Tyler Museum of Art

Economist to Discuss Proposed New Museum’s Impact


(TYLER, TX) January 11, 2011 – Founder and President of The Perryman Group, economist Dr. M. Ray Perryman will make a special appearance on behalf on the Tyler Museum of Art at Wise Auditorium on Tyler Junior College campus on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. His presentation is titled “The Potential Impact of the Proposed New Tyler Museum of Art on Business Activity in the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area.” Attendance to this event is by invitation; however, any member of the community who is interested in issues concerning the economic development of Tyler may reserve a seat at the auditorium by calling the Museum at 903.595.1001.

Regarded by many as one of the world’s most influential and innovative economists, Dr. Perryman has identified the new museum as one of the region’s most important development projects. “There is no better way to shape the character of a community than through a vigorous commitment to the arts,” Dr. Perryman said. “The new Tyler Museum of Art will be a bold and defining catalyst for the area's participation in the next wave of economic and social progress.” Additionally, Dr. Perryman believes the new museum will have great positive impact on the region’s economic development, both in the short and long terms. “It will bring a tourism stimulus and innovative educational opportunities throughout East Texas,” he said. “More important, it represents a new source of creative exposure and inspiration that will endow the region with a sustainable competitive advantage for generations to come.”

A growing permanent collection, expanded programming and increased staff are among the factors that compel the TMA as an institution to design and construct a new building. “We have outgrown the original 1971 facility that currently houses the Tyler Museum of Art,” said TMA Executive Director Kimberley Bush Tomio. “The single classroom restricts the number of schoolchildren we can serve; a gallery has been converted into an office and art storage room; the library now houses four staff members, and off-site facilities are needed to manage general storage needs.”

Near the end of 2010, the TMA marked the completion of construction documents for a new museum (designed by wHY Architecture of Los Angeles, an award-winning firm whose projects include Michigan’s Grand Rapids Art Museum) that is not only iconic, but also designed to allow the institution to grow and expand its educational programming, to store and manage its sizeable collection of fine art, and meet the standards for most major touring exhibitions from around the world. “We believe that this project is a critical venture for the TMA and for our community,” said Ms. Tomio. “It is a project that will benefit the community for many generations to come.”

TMA Board of Trustees President Betty Summers has played an influential role in the history of the Museum and the ongoing new building Capital Campaign. “I was raised in Tyler and have seen the city grow and improve,” said Mrs. Summers. “Since its opening in 1971, I have seen the same progress at the Tyler Museum of Art, and I think the plans for the new building are a natural and exciting objective for both the future of the Museum and the future of our community.”

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler, and is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.