American Art in Miniature a Success at Gilcrease

ART AFICIANADOS: Enjoying the Gilcrease evening are, from left, Peggy Upham, Vice President for Museum Affairs and Gilcrease Museum Director Duane King, Event Chairs Mia and Herb Oven, and University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham.

Courtesy Gilcrease Museum

American Art in Miniature 2008 at Gilcrease Museum brought out several hundred community leaders, patrons and art buyers for its Nov. 6 art sale benefiting the Museum. More than 220 artists participated in this exhibition and sale, which supports Museum programming and exhibitions.

More than 330 guests attended the Patron Preview and Art Sale. Guests praised the diversity of subject matter and style from the participating artists.

“American Art in Miniature 2008 was a great success for Gilcrease Museum because of the outstanding quality of art in the exhibition as well as the Gilcrease members and patrons who supported this event through their attendance and their purchases,” said Duane King, vice president for Museum Affairs and director of Gilcrease Museum.

New this year was the addition of the People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice awards. Those who visited the Museum had the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice award that was given to Camille Engel for her piece “Out on a Limb.” Participating artists named C.W. Mundy’s “Reflections-Brass, Apples, Oranges, & Grapefruit” as their choice for the Artist’s Choice. Both awards were given out Nov. 6.

Event Chairs Mia and Herbert Oven graciously organized this event for the third consecutive year. The American Art in Miniature 2008 committee included Teresa Adwan, Joanie Atkinson, Kristen Kenneally, Elizabeth Peterson, Hal Salisbury and Deacon Turner.

Special thanks goes to The F&M Bank & Trust Company for their support of the American Art in Miniature 2008 reception and Oklahoma Offset for the printing of the exhibition catalogs and art sale programs.

American Art in Miniature 2008 is a part of the 2008-2009 Exhibition Season sponsored by Bank of Oklahoma, H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust, Joe and Kathy Craft Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Pete and Nancy Meinig, Nadel & Gussman, L.L.C., Samson, The William K. Warren Foundation, The Williams Companies, Inc., and Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

Upcoming Events at Gilcrease Museum

• “Ansel Adams: A Legacy” is on display through Jan. 4, 2009.

• “101 Ranch: The Real Wild West” continues through Jan. 25, 2009.

• “Between the Lines: Cheyenne and Arapaho Ledger Art from Fort Reno” opens Nov. 22, 2008 and is on display through March 22, 2009.

• Celebrate the holiday season at Gilcrease Museum during the 12 Days of Gilcrease. Special events are planned during the holiday season, ending Dec. 20. Activities include educational programming, store discounts and a special 101 Ranch Family Holiday.

• On Dec. 5, Mary Jo Watson, director for the School of Art at the University of Oklahoma, will be the guest for From My Point of View at noon. She will discuss Cheyenne and Arapaho ledger art and the contents of the Museum’s 1887 ledger book.

• A Family Art Workshop will be held 1-3 p.m., Dec. 6, where kids ages 5 to 10 and their caregiver can join teaching artist Allison Lackner as they make Native American Clay Pots. The program is free.

• Also on Dec. 6, author Joan Stauffer will give a lecture at 1:30 p.m. in the Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium on Nancy Cooper, famous American West artist Charlie Russell’s “pardner,” followed by a book signing of Stauffer’s recent biography “Behind Every Man: The Story of Nancy Cooper Russell.”

• Studio Gilcrease 4 Teens, a visual arts program for high school students, will be held at 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the Gilcrease House. Advance registration is required. Cost is $7 per student.

• The Frontier Photographers, a 90-minute documentary, will be screened at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 14, as a part of the Sunday Film Matinee series. The screening will take place in the Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium.

• The Museum Store will hold a series of sales throughout the holiday season.

• On Dec. 20, the 12 Days of Gilcrease concludes with a 101 Ranch Family Holiday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cookies and punch will be provided throughout the day and families that attend will receive a discount coupon to use in the store that day. A Family Art Workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. where kids ages 5 to 10 and their caregivers can make wild west tote bags. From noon-1 p.m. kids who donate one canned food item can participate in terrapin derbies. Western acoustic musicians will also be on hand to fill the Museum with holiday music while children can visit and take their picture with Cowboy Santa.

All activities are free with paid Museum admission unless otherwise noted.

For more information on all the 12 Days of Gilcrease events,
call (918) 596-2700 or visit

Updated 11-25-2008

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