STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University's new downtown art gallery will open its doors to the public Thursday.
The Postal Plaza Gallery will host an open house Thursday evening to show visitors how the building was converted from a 1930s-era post office into an art museum.
The event is the beginning of the gallery's soft opening period, in which workers will be finishing final details of the renovation and installing the first exhibit, spokeswoman Jordan Griffis said.
The open house will include a presentation from Oklahoma City architect Rand Elliot, who is overseeing the renovations. A temporary exhibition will show the history of the building and help visitors understand the renovation process, Griffis said.
The event also will include a preview of the gallery's first exhibit, titled “Sharing a Journey: Building the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art Collection,” Griffis said. The exhibition, which opens in January, will be a survey of OSU's permanent art collection, she said.
The gallery has been about three years in the making. OSU officials brought a proposal to buy and renovate the building before the Board of Regents for OSU and the A&M Colleges in 2010. Officials wanted to use the building as a way to allow students and the public to see the university's art collection, which had mostly been in storage.
The open house will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the gallery, 720 S Husband St. After the opening, the gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.