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Published: Saturday, 5/6/2006

Mazza Museum begins expansion at University of Findlay

FINDLAY The Mazza Museum of International Art from Children s Picture Books broke ground yesterday for an 8,000-square-foot addition to its home on the University of Findlay campus.

Museum officials plan to have the addition completed by 2007 when the museum marks its 25th anniversary.

It has raised some $2.4 million for the project, including a $1 million contribution from Michael and Robin Gardner, of Findlay.

The Mazza Museum, which bills itself as the first and largest teaching museum specializing in original artwork from children s books, plans to add a children s art studio, a classroom, an art resource library, a storage vault, a preservation and restoration center, and a gift gallery.

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