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The Melton Art Reference Library’s latest exhibition in the Gaylord-Pickens Museum’s Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery is Oklahoma Pride: the Next Fifty Years of Oklahoma Art. Yep, that’s the title. It’s a mouth full, but it states forthrightly what the exhibition is about. This exhibit is a continuation of the First 50 Years of Art in Oklahoma exhibition that I curated in 2015. For such a young state, Oklahoma’s art history is vast, and I wanted to touch on certain areas of Oklahoma’s art history.

I started doing research for the Oklahoma Pride exhibit in the spring of 2016. As I have worked on this exhibit researching, writing, editing and rewriting for a better part of a year, a lot of the information that I wrote started to get jumbled in my head and I started seeing stars. So when I think about these artists, all whom were educators or historians of their tribe and experimenters of modern art, I see their influence still has a ripple effect on today’s Oklahoma art history. That being said, most, if...

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It's the time of year for resolutions – starting new habits and traditions to make 2017 the best year yet. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum has many ways for you to spend quality time with your family, from events at the museum to ways to connect at home.


Now Oklahoma students have one more reason to read about the accomplished Oklahomans depicted in our I Am Oklahoma Children's Series - all five of the current titles have been added to the Accelerated Reader list! These books tell the stories of opera singer Leona Mitchell, scientist Jordan Tang and more.

Accelerated Reader is software for K-12 schools for monitoring the practice of reading. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level.

You can get copies of the I Am Oklahoma Children's Series from our Museum Store, bookstores statewide and

Click here to learn more about our publishing arm Oklahoma Heritage Association Publishing. We are the leader in publishing Oklahoma's history!


Last week we had the honor of inducting six outstanding individuals to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, recognizing them with the state's highest honor. The 2016 honorees were: Rita Bly Aragon, Michael Burrage, Dan Dillingham, Becky Dixon, Kelli O'Hara and Russell Westbrook.

The Induction Ceremony included speeches from each of the honorees and biographical video vignettes. Kelli O'Hara entertained the sold out crowd with two musical numbers, V. Burns Hargis and Mike Turpen emceed the event.

Watch the 89th Annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony On Demand on Cox, Sunday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m. on KAUT-TV and Saturday, December 17 at 4 p.m. on OETA.


We are pleased to announce the presenters who will help induct the 89th Hall of Fame class at the 2016 Banquet & Induction Ceremony. Per tradition, each of this year’s honorees chose someone who has inspired them — such as a family member, friend, or colleague — to present them at the ceremony.

This year’s presenters are Molly Shi Boren, Norman; Ree Drummond, Pawhuska; Theodore Elam, Oklahoma City; Jane Jayroe Gamble, Oklahoma City; NBA icon Michael Jordan, Charlotte, N.C.; and Pat O’Hara, Edmond.

As announced in June, the 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees are: Rita Bly Aragón, Dale; Michael Burrage, Antlers; Dan Dillingham, Enid; Rebecca Dixon, Lenapah; Kelli O’Hara, Elk City/Edmond; and...


O. Gail Poole: Rediscovered Oklahoma Master is a true landmark exhibit. Thanks to the vision of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame | Gaylord-Pickens Museum, I have had the profound honor of bringing my late father’s artwork out of the dark and into the light of its hallowed halls.

The talk I will lead on July 14, 2016 from 6-7 p.m., The Legacy of O. Gail Poole: A Daughter’s Mission is an opportunity for me to not only describe my rather unconventional process to bring my father’s work to the public, but also to dive deeper, beyond the words “Master” and “Legacy.” I want you to know more about the man I simply called “Dad;” the heart behind my efforts.

Dad was a 4th generation Oklahoman, and, to me, embodied the best of our traits; he was tenacious, loyal and hardworking, with a finely-tuned Okie humor that could set...

2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class Announced

We are thrilled to announce the 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Class: Rita Bly Aragón, Dale; Michael Burrage, Durant; Dan Dillingham,Enid; Rebecca Dixon, Tulsa; Kelli O’Hara, Elk City; and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City. Visit our website for more information on this outstanding class of honorees.

These honorees will be formally inducted during the 89th Annual Oklahoma Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony on November 17 in Oklahoma City. Since 1927, being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state.

Rediscover an Oklahoma Master This Summer at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum

The Museum will be exhibiting O. Gail Poole: Rediscovered Oklahoma Master in our Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery through August. This exhibit features landscapes and portraits from the Oklahoma artist. Museum guests can enjoy the unique perspective and talent of this prolific painter.

O. Gail Poole (1935-2013) was a fourth-generation Oklahoman and an American Master who influenced generations of artists through his skill, dedication and brazen shifts in style. A natural maverick, Poole eschewed easy classification, shifting at will from Impressionism to Playful Modernism and all points in between, as capricious as the Oklahoma winds.

In keeping with the Museum’s mission of telling Oklahoma’s story through its people, the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery showcases Oklahoma artists throughout the year. Visit our website for more information about O. Gail Poole: Rediscovered Oklahoma Master and...


The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is dedicated to telling Oklahoma’s story through its people. With over 670 outstanding individual inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, preserving these stories requires countless hours and careful attention to detail.

We are looking for volunteers to help in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Research Library. Your time and effort would ensure the stories of these Oklahomans are conserved for generations to come. From photos to newspaper articles, you would be sorting, organizing and digitizing information for our Oklahoma Hall of Fame members’ files.

For more information about how you can help, visit our website or contact Kyle Cohlmia at 405.523.3211 or


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