New Year’s Resolution: design a museum!

Welcome to 2011!  This semester we are moving forward with plans for the new OSU Museum of Art in exciting ways, including selecting an architect for the Postal Plaza renovation. As a celebration of that process, the OSU Collection blog is going to feature the work of students, faculty, and others who have been imagining what the museum might become.  Look for blog posts that share work from students in design, architecture, graphic design, and art history classes that have taken the future museum as inspiration for coursework.

The Stillwater Postal Plaza, which was the inspiration for OSU architecture and design students as they planned their ideal versions of the future Museum of Art!

As you’ll see in their designs, there’s a lot more than art involved in museum design! The projects we’ll feature over the course of this semester consider:

  • retail space and revenue generation,
  • the wide variety of audiences to which the museum will appeal,
  • the need for storage and other “behind the scenes” functions,
  • the relationship between the museum and downtown culture and life,

and many other details, in addition to the basic question of how best to display OSU’s art collection and visiting exhibitions.

We hope that as you read about these students’ work you’ll be inspired to contribute your own thoughts about what you’d like to see in the museum—and about what you love (or question!) about their ideas.

About osucurator

Louise Siddons is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and founding curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She maintains this blog as a record of her students' work with the Museum's permanent collection as well as more generally with topics related to museum studies.
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