WWU cuts ribbon on expanded art gallery, Dec. 14

Western Washington University will celebrate the opening of three new gallery spaces in the Performing Arts Center at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.

The free event, hosted by WWU President Bruce Shepard and Dan Guyette, dean of the WWU College of Fine and Performing Arts, will feature a ribbon cutting and a brief program honoring Seattle art patron Virginia Wright, whose generous gift made the renovation of the gallery spaces possible.

Members of the Safeco Insurance Co. and the Washington Arts Consortium will also be in attendance and recognized for their contributions toward the new galleries.

Wright’s recent gift of $250,000 allowed the university to create new gallery spaces in the Mainstage and Concert Hall lobbies to display select pieces from its recently expanded collection of Northwest art, and to renovate a third existing gallery, which houses a rare collection of tapestries by Alexander Calder.

The new PAC Galleries highlight approximately 75 works of the 208 paintings, sculpture and works on paper acquired in 2010 from the joint gift of the Safeco Insurance Co. and the Washington Arts Consortium.

The Dec. 14 celebration marks the debut of these works to the public in their new home at Western Washington University.

Guests and patrons can view works by prominent Northwest artists including Guy Anderson, Michael Daily, Richard Gilkey, Morris Graves, Paul Horiuchi, William Ivey, Lee Kelly, John Koenig, Alden Mason, Nancy Mee, Carl Morris and Frank Okada.

Complimentary parking for the celebration will be available from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the gravel lots located on the south end of WWU’s campus.  No permits are required during this time in the gravel lots.

For more information, contact WWU Special Events at 360-650-6825.

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