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Mazen Abufadil

Artist Profile: Mazen Abufadil

Mazen Abufadil and his family left West Beruit, Lebanon in 1978 due to the civil war. Fast forward and his work is now on display in Americans All! alongside art icons including the likes of Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. A self-proclaimed American dream come true, learn how one local immigrant, and his family, have

Meet Joanna

Behind the Scenes with Joanna Didik, Chief Conservator

Considered by most as “back of the house,” conservation is critical to all museum functions. We sat down with Chief Conservator Joanna Didik to shed light on the important work her team does daily to make Gilcrease a world-class museum. Q: Where are you from? A: I am from Torun, Poland. Q: What was your

Pat and Patti Lester

Gifts Fuel Museum Growth

Dr. Pat and Patti Lester have been involved in Gilcrease Museum for several decades in a variety of roles, including serving as co-chairs for several exhibitions, Rendezvous in 2004 and Pat as the president of the board in 2001-02. Throughout their involvement with the museum, the Lesters have donated more than 18 pieces of art

The Last Word

The Last Word

Coming together to make a difference in our communities — many of us wake up every day asking how to do just that. Yet the term “collective impact,” defined as a commitment by organizations across sectors to tackle complex social issues, is frequently discussed but difficult to recognize in our daily lives. I’m impressed with

Art Legend's Wife Steals Spotlight

Art Legend’s Wife Steals Spotlight

In early 2018, the museum was offered a donation of a Mary Nimmo Moran untitled landscape painting by a donor in Massachusetts. While Gilcrease has a substantial collection of Thomas Moran works — 2,046 to be exact — we have very few by his wife, Mary Nimmo Moran, and none of her oil paintings. In

Roundup Recap

Round-Up Recap

To say the members’ trip to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve’s Annual Bison Round-Up on Nov. 2 was a success would be an understatement. Within days of announcing the trip, it was sold out with a lengthy wait list large enough for a second trip. From the informative bus ride up to the rare experience of

Breathing Room

Breathing Room

The Anthropology Collections storage area recently completed an incredible makeover thanks to the residents of Tulsa’s voting for the Improve Our Tulsa initiative in 2013. The previous storage facility was over capacity with no room for growth for the densely packed objects. Museum staff, volunteers and visiting scholars and students shared a workspace that consisted

Behind the Scenes with Chef Lenny Borkowicz

With the holiday season upon us, food is always a priority. We sat down with Executive Chef Lenny Borkowicz to get the inside scoop from the kitchen. Q: Where are you from? A: I’m from Philadelphia. My family is from the area, and I grew up a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan along with any other

Opening Doors

Opening Doors

In a state where the need for education funding is front of mind, museums and other cultural organizations continue to do their part to provide art experiences for students that otherwise would not have a place in most public schools. Last year, Gilcrease served approximately 25,000 children through more than 14 programs and camps. From

Osage Casino Hotel Sponsors Gilcrease After Hours

Osage Casino Hotel recently became the latest sponsor at Gilcrease with a commitment to help fund the museum’s monthly evening of culture and cocktails, Gilcrease After Hours. With this commitment, Osage Casino Hotel will be the presenting sponsor of Gilcrease After Hours. Osage Casino Hotels’ support comes at an exciting time for Gilcrease. The museum