Tulsa’s Greatest Treasure
From ancient archaeological artifacts of Central and South America, to manuscripts that document European contact and the birth of our country, to the renowned assemblage of American art that tells the story of this country’s native peoples and westward expansion, the Gilcrease collection is remarkable in its quality and scope.
Sharing this incredible collection and the stories it holds has proven to be a challenge due to space constraints that allow about five percent of the collection to be displayed at any given time.
We now seek your partnership as we embrace this historic new phase in the life of Gilcrease Museum.
Preparing for the Future
The Campaign for Gilcrease
Through the passage of the Vision tax extension, the citizens of Tulsa made an extraordinary investment of $65 million to achieve a shared dream of Gilcrease Museum: transforming an aged facility into an expanded, modern space that will provide an appealing and appropriate venue for its priceless collection. This expansion will showcase more of the treasures of Gilcrease, such as our certified copy of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation, and will support enhanced programs and public events. Just as importantly, it will give us the flexible gallery space to attract headline traveling exhibitions on par with The Discovery of King Tut.
In keeping with the strategic plan developed by Gilcrease Museum and a promise to the citizens of Tulsa, The University of Tulsa, the museum’s managing partner, has launched The Campaign for Gilcrease to raise $50 million to operate the expanded museum.
TU is well-positioned to undertake this endeavor having managed Gilcrease Museum on behalf of the City of Tulsa since 2008, and in addition to improving the facilities and expanding programs, has raised more than $68 million in private funding for the museum. TU also funded, built and opened the Helmerich Center for American Research next door, which houses the Gilcrease archive and is dedicated to revealing discoveries contained within through research conducted by scholars from around the world.
Campaign Goal: $115,000,000
Gifts of support for Gilcrease will be sought for the following areas:
An expanded museum will provide for the reinterpretation of the permanent collection in modern gallery spaces. Naming opportunities will be offered to donors at various levels of giving. Gifts of a transformational level will be recognized with prominent placement in the new facility. Recognition will be dependent on the level of the gift and oftentimes on the associated physical space. Campaign donors will also be recognized on the Gilcrease website and in various publications. Donors may request anonymity.
“Every man must leave a track and it might as well be a good one.”
– Thomas Gilcrease
Gilcrease Museum is a breathtaking, visual testament to the lifelong quest of Thomas Gilcrease to share the story of the Americas. An expanded Gilcrease Museum will add to Tulsa’s growing cultural tourism draw — a draw that is reinforced by the thriving Brady Arts District, Woody Guthrie Center, and the BOK Center, which has joined with the historic venues of Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theater to grow a vibrant music scene. With the recent acquisition of the Bob Dylan Archive, now housed on the Gilcrease campus, Tulsa is forging a distinctive identity as a diverse arts and culture destination.
Hans Helmerich – Co-chair
Jon Stuart – Co-chair
Steadman Upham – Co-chair
Max N. Berry
Cynthia Stephenson Field
Elizabeth Griot Hagans
Sherman E. Smith Family Charitable Foundation
Maxine Zarrow and the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation
Ex-Officio: James Pepper Henry