The Knoxville Museum of Art received a large gift on Friday.
The Aslan Foundation gave $2.5 million to the museum to support its 25th anniversary campaign.
Most of the money will be used to pay for significant renovations and upgrades to the museum's building and grounds. Those are expected to be finished by May of next year.
"We're getting the building up to the level of what's going on inside in terms of acquisitions, in terms of exhibitions, educational programs that reach up to 60,000 people a year, and I think once the building is up to that level that what happens inside will get even better," said David Butler, Knoxville Museum of Art's executive director.
The rest of the money will be split between the museum's operating endowment and its first-ever dedicated art acquisition fund. Admission to the museum is free.