Designing the Museum: Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson is a fourth-year student in the School of Architecture at Oklahoma State University. Last fall, she participated in a class project called “Ideas for the New OSU Art Museum,” in which students conceptualized and designed renovations for the interior and exterior of the Postal Plaza. Under the guidance of Professors Jeanne Homer and Awilda Rodriguez, students used available drawings of the Postal Plaza to create designs that responded to potential museum needs, from the pragmatic to the creative. Elizabeth’s design emphasizes flexibility and open space, encouraging visitors to interact with the artworks as well as the building itself. Her description follows:

The OSU Art Museum (Stillwater, OK)

The new Oklahoma State University art museum will stand as a gateway between OSU and the Stillwater community.  The design is based around the display of artwork and sculpture and how visitors interact with them.

Elizabeth Wilson, mezzanine floor plan, design for the OSU Museum of Art, 2010.

Upon entering the museum, visitors are immediately confronted with a void.  The curiosity of wanting to know what lies within this structure draws them towards the internal environment.  Looking through the void down into the space below they will encounter the temporary exhibition gallery.

Elizabeth Wilson, interior rendering, design for the OSU Museum of Art, 2010.

These voids are located on each level of the museum and allow visitors different views of the media below.  The panels that comprise this internal structure can be rearranged to create different views based upon the media that is being displayed below.

Elizabeth Wilson, east-west cross-section, design for the OSU Museum of Art, 2010.

The exhibition spaces are centered around this internal environment which allows visitors view the media and circulate through the gallery spaces with ease.


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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