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.

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.

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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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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