Western’s College of Fine and Performing Arts will now permanently display its collection of art after receiving a gift of $250,000 from Seattle art patron Virgina Wright.
Daniel Guyette, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, said the donation will be used to improve display areas and allow the Western community to observe several pieces of art.
“It’s a marvelous donation,” Guyette said. “It helps us transform some spaces and lobbies and two wonderful galleries that we will put to work and allow us to bring out our art instead of keeping them in storage.”
The three areas that will be focused on are the primary gallery in the north concert hall, the lobby of the main stage theater and the southern lobby of the concert hall inside of the Performing Arts Center, Guyette said.
Guyette said these new showcase areas will provide more of a doorway to the community. Last year, more than 58,000 visitors came through Western’s Performing Art Center and Guyette believes that number may increase due to the permanent art that will be on display, he said.
“It allows not only students and faculty, but the community to see these galleries as they pass through the halls and lobby areas,” Guyette said.
Guyette said the hope is to have the areas fully installed by the end of spring quarter. Guyette said Western Gallery director Sarah Clark-Langager has been working to finalize the details of the display areas and is also a major factor in the college receiving this donation.
Western Campaign Communications Manager Brian Sibley said Virginia Wright has been involved in bringing art to Western since the 1970s and is sure to continue to do so.
“Many of the pieces in the outdoor sculpture collection were made possible by her generosity, and this gift is another step in a long journey of her love for art and love for Western,” Sibley said.