Special Exhibits

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The Art of the Portrait

ON DISPLAY: September 12 – November 21, 2019

This regional juried exhibition showcases figurative works from artists in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. This exhibition is curated by the Portrait Society of America, featuring jurors Rose Frantzen and Jeff Hein.

Events at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum:

Free Public Exhibition & Awards Reception: 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, October 4

Oklahoma Portrait Academy Ticketed Events featuring Rose Frantzen and Jeff Hein:

Portrait Demonstration: 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday, October 4

Drawing Workshops: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday, October 5

Register online: https://www.portraitsociety.org/portrait-academies

Tri-State Competition Link for social media:

All artists in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas are invited to enter the Portrait Society of America tri-state competition. For more information or to enter, please visit: https://www.portraitsociety.org/2019-tri-state-exhibition

About the Portrait Society of America:

Formed as an educational organization in February 1998, the Portrait Society of America is dedicated to furthering the traditions of fine art portraiture and figurative art through programs and publications. A 501(C)3 registered charity, the Portrait Society is committed to providing educational resources to anyone interested in technical information, traditional aesthetics and the history of figurative art and portraiture. The organization publishes The Art of the Portrait journal and International Artist magazine, and contributes to each issue of American Art Collector magazine on topics related to portraiture and figurative art. The Portrait Society of America hosts several annual education programs.

Social media links:

Portrait Society Facebook: @portraitsociety https://www.facebook.com/portraitsociety

Instagram: the_portrait_society

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Patrick Riley: Retrospective

Although mask making is where his true passion lies, G. Patrick Riley practiced many mediums throughout his career. He began with drawing, experimented with jewelry making, and sculpts as well.

Knowing from a young age that he wanted to be an artist, Riley attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1964 and his Master of Arts Education in 1971. He was honored with Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Awards in 1995 and 2011. His art has been featured in exhibits and collections across the nation.

Celebrating an arts education career spanning more than 50 years, Riley has served as teacher, professor, and administrator. He continues impacting students across the state through the Oklahoma Arts Council’s artist residency program. Riley is most rewarded by his students:

I never expected to spend my life with so many extraordinary and talented human beings. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge, respect, and inspiration from them. Their enthusiasm for life and desire for joy and happiness have influenced me more than I can ever measure.

On Display: May 30 to August 29

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27 | 5:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to Donna at dm@oklahomahof.com,

or visit our event page on Facebook @oklahomahof

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NEW Makerspace Mural by Kristopher Kanaly

Visit our NEW Makerspace today and see an inspirational installation by Oklahoma Artist Kristopher Kanaly!

Kristopher Kanaly is known for his bold, abstract street murals throughout Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and its downtown, but a quick glance reveals much more than that. A rich family history in Oklahoma and the art community, a personal motivation to share the arts, and a love for individual interpretation pushes Kanaly to design murals around the country that continue to bring color to the landscape of the city. No matter the city or assignment, Kanaly’s work is distinguishable by the bright colors, abstract figures, and hidden elements. Much like his street art, Kanaly is an Oklahoma inspiration with a passion as rich as the state’s history.

For more information about our temporary exhibits or the Museum's Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery, contact Donna Merkt at 405.523.3231 or