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1933

The Postal Plaza building was constructed as part of a government-sponsored program known as the WPA to serve as a Federal Post Office.  
Oklahoma State University - Museum of Art

1967

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.

1978

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 had outgrew its home in the Art Department and Gardiner Gallery.

2010

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.

2011

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.

2012

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

2013

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. 

2014

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.

2019

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.
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