The mission of the Tulsa World Gallery is to showcase Oklahoma's talented artists. From Harold "H." Holden to Greg Burns our gallery has celebrated many accomplished Oklahoman artists. The gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum.
CONNECTION - a collaborative exhibit with art represented from Inclusion in Art
On display through January 3
Inclusion in Art, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma's visual arts community, combines the vibrant, thought provoking artwork of Nathan Lee, Samia Allaw Dempsey, Behnaz Sohrabian, and Paul Medina in our newest exhibit, CONNECTION.
"The language of creativity has always inspired me as an artist and as a curator. Its connection to humanity is so absolute and immense that we sometimes fail to see it," said Nathan Lee, artist and curator. "The idea of the different ways that art unifies us is the basis of CONNECTION. The artwork of CONNECTION speaks to one's soul, conscience, and to that very thing that is so hard to put a finger on; aesthetic intelligence."
The artwork for CONNECTION ranges from completely non-objective to work steeped in social commentary and introspective spiritual meditation. It would seem that the diversity of the art in the exhibition could prove to be too open and unconnected. On the contrary, the vision of all of the artists of CONNECTION share a similar gift; the ability to make one feel.
The purity of what connects us as humans is what the artists explore and it is at the core of the work.
The First Fifty Years
On display January 15- April 25, 2015
Opening Reception • Thursday, January 15 • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. • Free to the public
These early Oklahoman artists became advisors to Oklahoma on the appreciation of art; they believed in a future for Oklahoma that would not do without art. The Oklahoma Pioneer Artists were the catalyst of fine art in Oklahoma, art education and the development of art museums.
These represented artists, were the “firsts”; the first to share their lifestyles, culture, art and traditions to a state and nation; the first to establish a museum in the state, the first to launch an art department at an Oklahoma university; the first to institute an art curriculum for the Oklahoma Public School systems, the first to have a collection formed for Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the first to recommend Native American art as fine art. They launched Oklahoma into being a place to where people from allover the world would come for a better life, and a better future as an artist.