Special Exhibits

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24 Works on Paper

Free Public Reception Thursday December 5th 5-7 PM RSVP here!

On display in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery from December 5, 2019 – January 18, 2020

Paper is about possibility—both literal and metaphorical. Familiar and accessible to artists at every level, paper has spurred centuries of innovative creation. Over the past two decades or so, paper has even proven itself resilient in the face of digital technologies and screen culture. We love the look and feel of paper, its responsiveness to pencil, ink, chalk, marker, and paint—and we love the drama of its sound as it is cut, torn, folded, and crumpled. We likewise love its history, which opens up the potential for wit, humor, and profundity. In this exhibition, twenty-four artists from across Oklahoma masterfully explore the limitless possibilities of paper.

A biennial traveling exhibition, this exhibit features work by living Oklahoma artists: MJ Alexander,, Michelle Bradsher, Marti Cordova, Jason Cytacki, Bryan Dahlvang, Kiana Daneshmand, Brian Dehart, Emma Difani, Douglas Elder, JJ Hawkey, Claire Holloway, Jennifer Johnson, Howard Koerth, Jana LaChance, Andy Mattern, Regina Murphy, romy owens, Haley Prestifilippo, Mat Reed, Mark Sisson, Virginia Sitzes, Sheri Talkington, Carla Waugh, and Jenny Woodruff. Curated by Louise Siddons, Ph.D., Associate Professor of American, Native American, Modern and Contemporary art history at Oklahoma State University.

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Inclusion in Art: Spirit of Color

On display in the Tulsa-World | Lorton Family Gallery February 6 - April 30, 2020

Free, public events:

  • Exhibition Reception, 5:00-7:00 pm, February 13 RSVP HERE
  • DiverseCity happy hour featuring artist talk by Al Bostick, 5:00-8:00 pm, April 16 | Artist talk begins at 6:00 pm
  • Spring Thing: Artist Day, 10am-12pm, Friday, March 20
  • See-You Saturday: Spirit of Color, 10am-4pm, Saturday, April 11

Spirit of Color is an expression of identity and culture through the arts. It is supporting and advocating for diverse groups of artists and making a place for their unique perspectives. It is challenging the norm and having the courage to be true to one’s self. It is the culmination and celebration of the artistic careers of artists Mary Ann Moore “Senoj,” Edward Grady, Marty Avrett, Wallace Owens, Corazon Watkins, Rose and Melvin Smith, Michi Susan and Al Bostick.

This exhibition is an overdue honor for many artists of color in Oklahoma who, despite the difficulties minorities have experienced in our state’s history, paved the way for younger generations. Spirit of Color showcases works by nine prolific artists of color living in Oklahoma, whom we wish to honor for their long standing commitment to the arts, community, sacrifice, and achievements. These individuals have participated in our communities as educators, curators and outstanding practicing artists, finding national and international success.

Inclusive practices and initiatives promoting diversity were not always welcomed in our communities and the same can be said for Oklahoma’s growing and thriving arts community. Our hope is that this exhibit will not only educate but also inspire all Oklahoma artists to continue making art.

Inclusion in Art is a non-profit visual arts organization dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community, through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and lectures. With an emphasis on collaboration, Inclusion in Art seeks to continue supporting artists of color by connecting communities through socially conscious presentations that challenge the mind and embrace progressive thought.

Inclusion in Art is presented by:

Makerspace Kris Kanaly

Makerspace Mural by Kristopher Kanaly

Visit our 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