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The Postal Plaza building, designed by R. W. Shaw, was built with U.S. Government Treasury funds to serve as a Federal Post Office. 
OSU Museum of Art


There was an addition to the building on the north side. The facade of the original building can still be seen from some parts of the Malinda Berry Fischer Gallery. When standing in the Malinda Berry Fischer Gallery (in the northernmost part of the building), look up and toward the south. The exposed brick that can be seen is the outside of the original building.


The building stopped functioning as a Post Office. The Postal Plaza then became the home to a collection of law offices, congressional offices, businesses, and religious youth programs. Meanwhile, Doel Reed, the OSU Art Department Head, began collecting art for Oklahoma State University in the 1930s. Over time, the collection outgrew its home in the Art Department and Gardiner Gallery.


In June, the OSU Regents approved the purchase of the Postal Plaza to serve as a permanent home for the art collection and the site for the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. In December, OSU Regents approved the renovation of the Postal Plaza building.


Renovations began in February. Architectural firm Elliott + Associates were selected as architects for the project and Manhattan Construction Co were selected as construction managers. In October, demolition began.


In October, the design phase ended, construction phase began.


In January, Victoria Berry (center) was hired as OSU Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator. The project was completed in August. Many of the building’s original design features were left exposed to represent the symbolism that much like a student’s growth, our work at the museum would never be finished. In September, the Art collection moved into the building and in October the OSU Museum of Art began a soft opening phase and started opening its doors to the public. 


OSU Museum of Art fully opened, introducing its first official exhibition in January 2014: Sharing a Journey: Building the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art Collection and featured highlights from the permanent collection.


In January, the OSU Museum of Art celebrated 5 years. In February, the museum received a major gift from the George R. Kravis II Collection adding over 600 works to the permanent collection and naming the George R. Kravis II Gallery. The permanent collection has now grown to over 5,000 objects.


In July, the OSU Museum of Art achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation's museums. This means the museum meets National Standards and Best Practices for U.S. Museums and joins a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence.
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