The Muscarelle Museum of Art is entering the next phase of its future. Plans are underway to build a new arts complex to enrich the experiences of the students and visitors and bring innovative programming to the community. This will increase the exhibition space of the Museum, allowing it to bring more of the permanent collection out of storage and to continue to take advantage of internationally important traveling exhibition opportunities. In May 2017, the internationally renowned architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli was announced as the designers for the new arts complex.
On April 19, 2018 at 6 PM, as part of the Spring 2018 Third Thursday Lecture Series, director Dr. Aaron De Groft discussed plans for the new, multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility to be called The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts as well as the inaugural exhibitions.