PULLMAN – Chris Bruce has been recognized as the Northwest Curator of the Year by art critic Regina Hackett of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Bruce said, “This is a terrific acknowledgement of the Museum of Art/WSU, for these exhibitions are not ‘my exhibits’ – they are the product of a dedicated and talented professional staff.  Without the commitment to the art of our time and region by individuals like Curator Keith Wells and Associate Director Anna Maria Shannon, they simply would not happen.”

Since 2006, the Museum of Art/WSU has organized three exhibitions that have traveled to thirteen museums in eight states, including exhibitions that have been seen in three of the Seattle area’s most prominent art venues: the Henry Art Gallery (Roy Lichtenstein print retrospective), Seattle Art Museum (Gaylen Hansen retrospective), and Bellevue Arts Museum (Sherry Markovitz retrospective). 
 
Over 250,000 people have seen these exhibitions, nation-wide.  The Museum’s current exhibition, Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers, will travel to at least five other museums in five states, including Seattle’s Pacific Science Center.

“We are most proud of Chris’s efforts and those of his colleagues in the Museum of Art in earning such a prestigious and well-deserved honor. Our university focuses on excellence in everything we do, and certainly Chris personifies that ideal,” said Elson S. Floyd, president of WSU.

“This honor acknowledges your achievements and the important work you have accomplished, since being named the director of the WSU Museum of Art in 2003,” said Tim Pavish, Vice President for University Relations and Executive Director of the WSU Alumni Association, in a letter to Bruce.

The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU campus.  Gallery Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday until 7 p.m., closed Sunday.          
 
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