Author: Chris Steins

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Making History

Before COVID-19 and eventually after it is gone, one of my favorite activities as mayor of Tulsa is the chance to host student groups in my office for questions and answers. The discussion is usually a reminder of how bright our city’s future is, and it is important to me that young Tulsans view public

Museum Forums

Gilcrease Museum to hold public forums for community input

March 12, 2020 – The health and safety of our community is the top priority at Gilcrease Museum. While the museum remains open and welcomes all visitors, Gilcrease Museum has canceled public programs scheduled for March 12 through April 5, including the series of six community forums. Please be advised that the public survey to

Gilcrease Museum to receive dynamic new facility

Gilcrease Museum, the city’s most valuable cultural asset and home to more than 350,000 objects related to the art, history and culture of North America, will receive an entirely new facility following extensive research and discussions with experts who evaluated the museum’s current conditions as part of the planned renovation approved by voters in the

Mellon Grant

Gilcrease Museum earns $500,000 Mellon Foundation grant

Tulsa World James D. Watts A $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help Gilcrease Museum in its ongoing efforts to research and assess its wide-ranging Native American collections of art and artifacts. The grant is the second major grant the museum has received in the past year. In 2019, the museum received

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Gilcrease Museum features African American art never before shown publicly

Oklahoma’s News 4 Hicham Raache TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – A special collection of African American art that has never before been publicly displayed is being featured in an exhibit at a Tulsa museum. Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art is on display at the Gilcrease Museum until May

“Memories & Inspiration” at Gilcrease, an Exhibition of Art by American Black Artists

StudioTulsa Rich Fisher The Gilcrease Museum opened a new exhibition of African-American art collected by two ordinary people who created an extraordinary collection of artwork. Kerry Davis was a postman, and his wife, Betty, was a local television producer, but the two collected close to 300 works by black artists ranging from local artists in

Yusuf Etudaiye

Largest Black Art collection at Gilcrease Museum in 18 years

The Black Wall Street Times Nehemiah D. Frank TULSA, Okla. — A few miles from the Greenwood District — once the epicenter for African-American arts, music, and culture west of the Mississippi — tucked in the Osage Hills at the Thomas Gilcrease Institute and Museum of Art and History, the Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of

Self Determination

Gilcrease brings landmark African-American art collection to Tulsa

Tulsa World James D. Watts Over the past 35 years, Kerry and C. Betty Davis have worked to fill their Atlanta home with more than 400 works by African-American artists. The couple’s collection includes pieces by such well-known artists as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and Elizabeth Catlett, alongside paintings and sculptures by up-and-coming young artists.

Western Art Collector

Once and Future Visions

Western Art Collector James D. Balestrieri The art world, especially the Western Art world, is riddled with stories. Tall tales, windies, rumors, apocrypha—call them what you will. When you work for an old gallery, like J.N Bartfield in New York, every drawer, every bin, every letter, yellowed and faded with time, is fairly saturated with

Fine Art

Beyond Nature

American Fine Art Magazine James D. Balestrieri Thomas Moran and Thomas Cole spent their early years in the same small city in England: Bolton. Their parents worked in the weaving trade—Moran’s family specialized in textile designs; the Coles were known as fine weavers. Bolton was a hive of cottage industries. But the invention of textile