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Virginia Wright’s transformative influence on Seattle

Marcie Sillman and Virginia Wright at SAM on Dec. 1, 2016.
KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang
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Marcie Sillman and Virginia Wright at SAM

Seattle’s reputation as a vibrant, progressive, culturally relevant city is the product of decades of vision and growth. Many Seattleites participated in building that progress, but no one has done more to develop the arts culture of this city than Virginia Wright. Over the last 60 years of her adult life, Wright has helped transform what was once a cultural outlier into a world-class art destination.

Virginia Wright spoke about her life and legacy with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman at the Seattle Art Museum on December 1.

SAM’s "Big Picture: Art After 1945" exhibit celebrates Virginia and her husband Bagley Wright’s contributions to its collection. 

Year started with KUOW: 2006