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Mellon Grant to Fund Native Americans Collections Research

Gilcrease Museum has recently been named a recipient of a three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation totaling $500,000. This award will support curatorial capacity and research of the museum’s broad Native American collections. Founded in 1969, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the nation’s largest funder in arts and culture and humanities in

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The Helmerich Center’s Nahuatl-Language Texts

By Travis Jeffres, Duane H. King Postdoctoral Fellow As a post-doctoral fellow at the Helmerich Center for American Research, I work primarily with the Hispanic Manuscripts — a 25,780-page collection of singular importance for the history and cultures of the Americas. But there is more to this collection than just Spanish-language documents. There are also

IMLS Grant

Home Stretch

Image, catalog, repeat. For the past two years, the Gilcrease Museum digital collections and anthropology departments have been cataloging and imaging 1,500 American Indian ethnographic items. This work is a result of the museum’s second consecutive Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)* grant. Awarded in December 2017, the project is more than halfway complete.

Bank of America

Bank of America Supports Education at Gilcrease

Gilcrease Museum relies on its vital partnership with the corporate community to provide a foundation for operating support for exhibitions and educational programs at the museum and in communities throughout Oklahoma. Recently, in support of Tulsa students, corporate partner Bank of America made a gift of $19,000 to assist with transportation needs to encourage area

Billy Smith

Meet the new assistant director of the Helmerich Center for American Research

Dr. William Smith, who recently joined the Gilcrease Museum team with a rich background in history and a clear vision for furthering the mission of the Helmerich Center. What’s your hometown? I was raised in Marlow, a small town in southwest Oklahoma. I lived in Norman, Oklahoma, and South Bend, Indiana, for several years. More

Director’s Report

The COVID-19 virus has gripped the nation and the world in recent weeks, but I want to assure you that our bold vision for a new Gilcrease Museum continues to move forward. These uncertain times have not changed our plans to explore boundless opportunities for the museum and the City of Tulsa. The work we

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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

Last Word

Last Word with Francisco Treviño

A few years ago, Tulsa started to see many positive changes, first with the resurrection of downtown and everything that came with it: ONEOK Stadium, the BOK Center, Guthrie Green, Woody Guthrie Center, etc. Lately, the light is shining strong on the Gathering Place. I could go on and on about these new Tulsa jewels,

Meet the Donors

Collecting with Gilcrease in Mind

Most collectors don’t set out to collect art; rather they discover an interest emerging from a series of life experiences. Museum visits are one such experience. In fact, Mr. Gilcrease himself developed his interest in collecting after visiting European museums on business in the mid-1920s. Such is the case with Sharon Bell, who with her

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The Last Word with Ken Levit

Ask anyone about what makes Tulsa special. No doubt, they will highlight the community’s longstanding, outsized support for the arts. No doubt, they will discuss the exceptional arts institutions we enjoy. Top of the list always has been and always will be Gilcrease Museum. In a sense, the commitment to the arts in Tulsa is