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Postal Plaza Gallery Soft Opening and Community Open House

OSU MUSEUM OF ART POSTAL PLAZA GALLERY BEGINS SOFT OPENING PHASE IN OCTOBER WITH COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

STILLWATER, OK (September 30, 2013)— The Postal Plaza Gallery will soon open its doors to visitors at a community open house, where we will invite the public to join us this fall as we apply the finishing touches to the OSU Museum of Art’s first location. The open house on Oct. 10 will kick off our three-month “soft opening” period as we install our inaugural exhibition, Sharing a Journey: Building the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, which will be fully unveiled in January.

         The open house, hosted by OSU President Burns and First Cowgirl Ann Hargis is on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 4 – 6 p.m. and is open to all; no RSVP required. At the open house, visitors will see a limited selection of the much-anticipated Sharing a Journey exhibition. In addition, a collection of architectural renderings and archival documents presented by Elliott + Associates Architects will provide insight into the creative process of renovating the old Stillwater Post Office. This special exhibition will highlight many of the unique features of the historic building alongside the new spaces, such as our glass doors that allow visitors to observe students and staff in action behind the scenes.

         The community open house is underwritten by Dick and Malinda Berry Fischer. “It’s important to support art in your community because it gives everyone in that region the opportunity to see and absorb creativity,” said Malinda Berry Fischer, chair of the OSUMA Art Advisory Council. “To me, that bleeds over into every form of business and human interaction.”

         During this soft opening phase, from Oct. 11 to Dec. 20, the Postal Plaza will be open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed the week of Nov. 25 – 29. As a teaching museum, we encourage community members to stop by during this time and observe our process of becoming. We will spend this time training student staff, completing the revision on our dock, and setting our course of action for the opening of our first full exhibition in January.

         Sharing a Journey: Building the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art will be on view from Jan. 14 – May 25, 2014. The exhibition will feature highlights from the OSU Museum of Art permanent collection, ranging from the ancient world to the present day, and spanning five continents. It recognizes the ongoing commitment of OSU faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who have worked together to build this outstanding art collection, much of which will be on view for the first time.

         For more information about the OSU Museum of Art and upcoming programming at the Postal Plaza Gallery, visit http://www.museum.okstate.edu or call 405-744-2780. The Postal Plaza Gallery is located at 720 S. Husband Street in downtown Stillwater. All exhibitions and programs are offered free of charge. There is free public parking on the south and east side of the building.