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"Project Aurora" Panel Discussion with Ginny Ruffner, Ed Fries, and Wanda Gregory



Learn about the making of Project Aurora from the creators—artist Ginny Ruffner, technologist Ed Fries, and scholar Wanda Gregory—in a panel discussion moderated by Chief Curator, Leslie Anderson. This program celebrates the National Nordic Museum's acquisition of this important work of art.


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    Ginny Ruffner

    Ginny Ruffner is a Seattle artist, trained at the University of Georgia as a painter, graduating with honors and an M.F.A.Ruffner has had 90 solo shows, several hundred group shows, and her work is in 59 permanent museum and public collections around the world. 

  • Ed Fries

    Ed Fries

    Ed Fries created his first video games for the Atari 800 in the early 1980s. He joined Microsoft in 1986 and spent the next ten years as one of the early developers of Excel and Word.

  • Wanda Gregory

    Dr. Wanda Gregory

    Dr. Wanda Gregory is a faculty member at the University of Washington, Bothell campus. Before her academic career, she worked in the game industry for companies such as Sierra Online, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, and Microsoft Xbox.

  • Leslie Anderson

    Leslie Anne Anderson

    Leslie Anne Anderson is Chief Curator at the National Nordic Museum, a mayoral-appointed Seattle Arts Commissioner, and chair of Seattle’s Public Art Advisory Committee.