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Oklahoma Pride: The Next 50 Years of Oklahoma Art
The First 50 Years of Oklahoma Art
Windows to The Soul
Langston Retrospective

Oklahoma Pride: The Next 50 Years of Oklahoma Art

Oklahoma Pride Fact Sheet

Lecture Series

Educators & Success of their Students
February 16, 2017, Thursday 6pm
Lecture by Suzanne Thomas Justice

A day in the life of Community College Art Department can be perilous, sad, overwhelming and exhausting. But also it is an opportunity to have-hopefully-a positive impact on the next generation of artists, beyond the academic teaching skills and techniques. What does it mean to teach? And how do you teach the extremely talented student without feeling the need to be competitive or threatened by that student’s talent? What steps can academicians to take to ensure an authentic and credible learning environment for their students and still maintain their own creative endeavors?

Art Since World War II
March 16, 2017, Thursday, 6pm
Lecture by Wallace Owens Jr.

In order to understand American Art after World War II, we must review prior art movements. These include Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Abstract Expressionism, and the Post WW II Armory Show. The Impressionists broke away from the academic syntax and began to emphasize light, movement, and the unorthodox methods of applying and using color. The Cubists used geometry and the liberated use of color, breaking nature down into its basic geometric forms. The Abstract artists led the way into what we call Modern Art. The Post WW II Armory Show and the re-evaluation of Futurism in the America art scene.

World War II exposed many GIs to the European aesthetics. Upon returning to America, those GIs became involved in the arts. The GI Bill encouraged Universities to expand their curricula to encompass the arts. The decades following World War II featured many art movements in the USA.

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“The First 50 Years of Oklahoma Art”

These early Oklahoman artists became advisors to Oklahoma on the appreciation of art; they believed in a future for Oklahoma that would not do without art. The Oklahoma Pioneer Artists were the catalyst of fine art in Oklahoma, art education and the development of art museums.

These represented artists, were the “firsts”; the first to share their lifeways, culture, art and traditions to a state and nation; the first to establish a museum in the state, the first to launch an art department at an Oklahoma university; the first to institute an art curriculum for the Oklahoma Public School systems, the first to have a collection formed for Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the first to recommend Native American art as fine art. They launched Oklahoma into being a place to where people from all over the world would come for a better life, and a better future as an artist.

Lecture Series

“Native American Easel Art, 1879-1979: An Oklahoma Story”
by Alvin O. Turner, Ph.D.

February 26, 2015, 6:00-7:00 pm
This presentation will survey the origins and history of Native American easel art. This unique form first appeared among Plains Indian captives at Fort Marion, Florida, but attained international recognition and acclaim with the work of the Kiowa Five. Those artists and others were encouraged by the sponsorship of Oscar Jacobson at the University of Oklahoma. Subsequently, Acee Blue Eagle, Woody Crumbo and a succession of Native American artists taught a generation of artists at Bacone College. They found increased recognition and markets for their work through the American Indian Annual at Philbrook Museum of Tulsa, and Oklahoma art dealers in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Muskogee. Together these developments made Oklahoma the center for Native American art until the 1960s, when varied forces blunted the impact of Oklahoma institutions.

“The New Deal and its impact on Oklahoma Art”
By Thomas E. Young, Assistant Librarian, Philbrook Museum of Art

March 26, 2015, 6:00-7:00 pm
This talk will look at the various New Deal art related programs, such as the Public Works of Art Project, the Works Project Administration/Federal Art Project, and the Section of Fine Arts, that were active in Oklahoma in the 1930s and early 1940s. What was the purpose of each program, what sort of impact did these programs have on the arts in Oklahoma, and was the impact very long lasting?

“Oklahoma Art History, An Outsiders Perspective”
By Dr. Teresa Pac, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Global Art and Visual Culture coordinator, Department of Art, UCO

April 23, 2015, 6:00-7:00 pm
Dr. Pac will discuss the Oklahoma art scene, beginning with the art of the Indian Territory throughout the first 50 years of the Oklahoma state, established in 1907. In her discussion, she will examine Oklahoman art within the frameworks of the Land Run; the immigration into Oklahoma of settlers of European, Chinese, Mexican, and African origins; the Race Riot of 1921; and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Thus, she will demonstrate the multicultural, social, economic, and ethnic significance of Oklahoman art during the period.

Click images below to enlarge images from the “The First 50 Years of Oklahoma Art” exhibition.

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“Windows to the Soul”
Religious Diversity in Oklahoma City presented through Architecture

Synopsis: Windows to the Soul is designed to present the religious diversity in Oklahoma City through the architecture, both interior and exterior, of the various religious sects present within the city. Oklahoma has frequently been termed the Buckle of the Bible Belt, and while there is truth to that statement in that over half of the state claims Christian beliefs, this term fails to account for the religious diversity still present within Oklahoma. Through the presentation of Church Architecture, it is hoped that Windows will not only show the religious diversity present within Oklahoma City, but also the unique beauty present within these structures and the religions that created them. Windows to the Soul is a one day only exhibit on Saturday, April 28th, from 10 am to 6 pm at Visions in Paseo Art Gallery, 2924 Paseo Arts District, Oklahoma City. These sites have been photographed by Bob O’Daniel. Curated by Tiffany Smith, UCO Museum Studies Graduate, & Underwritten by The Melton Art Reference Library, Oklahoma City.

Summary: Windows to the Soul is a presentation of Religious Architecture in Oklahoma City. This will include seven sites; three Christian, because Oklahoma is still predominantly Christian, one Jewish, one Islamic, one Buddhist, and one Hindu. The sites will include St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church, First Presbyterian, Emmanuel Synagogue, Grand Mosque of Oklahoma City, the Hindu Temple of Oklahoma, and the Vien Giac Buddhist Temple. These seven sites have been selected because they represent the religious diversity within Oklahoma City as well as a unique beauty which distinguishes them from other sites within the City. The sites shall be portrayed primarily through photography, although paintings may be used as well when available. Information will be given on a variety of subjects such as the basic concepts behind each religion, details about the sites history and key architectural points within each site. This information will be used to compare and contrast the religions and the way the ideals are reflected within the sites.

Click images below to enlarge locations of the “Windows to the Soul” exhibition.


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“Langston Retrospective”

The creations of the selected art works exhibited represent a complex set of events and circumstances. These expressions in art are derived from many perceptions of the world and its phenomena. This universal force has been tempered and influenced by feelings, instinct, experiences, ideology, aesthetics, and knowledge of the individuals that represented the Langston University Art Department and those that have continued to thrive.

Read more about the exhibit in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Arts Focus Magazine.

March 13 - May 30, 2011
Owens Art Place Museum, 1202 East Harrison, Guthrie, OK

February 23 - March 9, 2011
University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library, 100 North University Drive, Edmond, OK

October 11, 2010 - 11 am
Langston Main Campus, 1600 M.B. Tolson Black Heritage Center, Langston OK

July 15, 2010 - 6-8 pm
Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 Greenwood, Tulsa OK

June 19, 2010 - 5-8 pm
Langston University/OKC Campus, 4205 Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City OK

Click below to enlarge images from the “Langston Retrospective” exhibition.

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