PRAx Open House

composite of four different artists who will be performing at the PRAx open house


Get to know PRAx up close and personal at our all-day Open House. Explore our venues, look behind the scenes of the building, and enjoy live music, tours, art installations, the opening gallery exhibition, activities for children, and more. Meet our director and staff and discover what PRAx is all about.


Daytime concerts include appearances by Native Rose featuring Jan Michael Looking Wolf (whose Native American flute courses enroll thousands of OSU students per year) and by students in OSU bands and ensembles.

The special, full-length evening concert kicks off a multi-year commitment by PRAx to presenting musicians who explore the Indigenous history threaded through jazz music. Headliner Delbert Anderson (Navajo/Diné) and his quartet have been celebrated by the New York Times for “putting the Indigenous sound back in jazz.” They are joined for a special appearance by vocalist Julia Keefe (Nez Perce), who will serve as artistic director at PRAx for an ongoing series showcasing contemporary Native jazz performers. The evening includes a performance of an extended work commissioned by PRAx, co-created by composer Franklin Piland, Delbert Anderson, and Julia Keefe. This special premiere will be presented with the OSU Jazz Ensemble and the OSU Chamber Choir.

Artwork and Gallery Opening

This special event features the unveiling of PRAx’s only permanent artwork, a sculpture by Refik Anadol that joins art, AI, and research data. For the opening, the piece appears alongside temporary installations by Rick Silva and an immersive, projection-based work by Fernanda D’Agostino

The opening gallery exhibition, “Sonic Booms: How the Sound and Science of Technology Created Pop Music,” will be on view throughout the day.

Other Events

Throughout the day, you'll also find dialogues, talks, activities, and tours.

Food and beverage will be available on site. Tickets are required for the evening headliner performance.

Featured Artists

Delbert Anderson Quartet | Julia Keefe | Franklin PilandRefik Anadol | Rick Silva | Native Rose | Fernanda D’Agostino

Schedule of Events

Thomas W. Toomey Lobby

  • Noon | Ben Mutschler, Steve Willis, Robert Lasilla Jazz Trio
  • 12:30 p.m. | Unveiling of Bioacoustics Data Sculpture by Refik Anadol with remarks by Matthew Betts and Nina Ferrari/Oregon State University/HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Damon Lesmeister/USDA United States Forest Service/PNW Bioacoustics Lab.
  • 2:15 p.m. | Reading hosted by Spring Creek Project featuring Kathleen Dean Moore, Luhui Whitebear, Charles Goodrich and Karen Holmberg
  • 4:15 p.m. | Presentation featuring PRAx art-science collaborations and fellowship projects

Lynne Hallstrom Detrick Concert Hall

  • 1 p.m. | Native Rose Featuring Jan Michael Looking Wolf
  • 3:15 p.m. | OSU Student Showcase
  • 5 p.m. | Delbert Anderson Quartet with special guests Julia Keefe, Franklin Piland, and the OSU Jazz Ensemble and OSU Chamber Choir (headliner performance - tickets required)

Edward J. Ray Theater

  • Noon-7 p.m. | On View | Immersive art installation by Fernanda D'Agostino

Kate and John Stirek Gallery

  • Noon-7 p.m. | On View | Sonic Booms: How the Sound and Science of Technology Created Pop Music (exhibition curated by Bob Santelli, University Director of Popular Music).
  • 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. | Curator's remarks | Bob Santelli

Dixie Luana Wooton Kenney Garden

  • 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. | Garden tours

Seminar Room

  • Noon-4 p.m. | Drop-in art making for all ages with Maxtivity Arts & Crafts Creative Space


  • Noon-3 p.m. | Tabling with KidSpirit and more


April 6
Noon-7 p.m.


PRAx Building
General Admission Cost
FREE for daytime events ($10 for 5 p.m. headliner performance)