The walls of The Pizzuti Companies real estate offices at Miranova offer far more than property photos or Successories posters. Here, paintings by local artists hang alongside works by internationally known heavy-hitters such as Frank Stella and Jim Dine.

The walls of The Pizzuti Companies real estate offices at Miranova offer far more than property photos or Successories posters. Here, paintings by local artists hang alongside works by internationally known heavy-hitters such as Frank Stella and Jim Dine.

The view hints at the substantial collection of contemporary art maintained by chairman and CEO Ron Pizzuti. For years it's been kept in a warehouse, but in the foreseeable future, a rotating selection of these works will be exhibited to the public in a new space at 632 Park St., in the Short North.

Overseeing the art developments is Rebecca Ibel, gallery owner and an anchor for visual arts in the neighborhood for the past 18 years. On the heels of closing Rebecca Ibel Gallery to focus on her new position as curator and director of the Pizzuti Collection, Ibel spoke with us about the job change and what local art lovers can expect to see.

Aside from the new job, were there any other factors at play in your decision to close your gallery?

I could've continued on, but opportunities like this don't come along often in a person's life, if ever.

[Ron] and I talked about whether I could keep the gallery, but a gallery is a full-time job. There was no way for me to share that unless I gave up sleeping.

How would you describe the Pizzuti Collection?

He started collecting about 30 years ago with a lot of 20th-century masters. As he's traveled, he's become more interested in younger, emerging artists and emerging countries. There's Latin art as well as really important works by Chinese and Indian artists, also Western European and American art. There's some contemporary African as well. So his interest is really vast.

He also collects a lot of Ohio and Columbus artists, and he's spoken about making sure they have a presence [at the hotel].

I'm trying to explore how to present the work. I think Columbus is going to have a field day with it. There are so many beautiful, important works. These are things you can't see anywhere and young voices just emerging now, so I think it'll complement what's going on at the museum and the Wexner Center.

Beyond exhibitions, how else will the art be featured?

It's really important for me to find ways to engage the community. I'm setting up programs to help - grants, internships - and there will be a number of educational opportunities, including lectures and visiting artists. All of this is in formation.

This is something that, in my mind, will be a community treasure. It's a really amazing opportunity, and I'm thrilled to be part of it.

Editor's note: This clarifies an earlier version of this story, which reported that Pizzuti Collection art would be exhibited in a hotel being developed by the Pizzuti Companies. The art will be exhibited in another building, which is under development by Pizzuti on Park Street.