Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: June 10, 2014
Oklahoma State University Museum of Art
transports paintings from Senate collection
The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art today
packed 55 pieces from the Oklahoma State Senate art collection for
transportation to the University’s new Postal Plaza Gallery
in downtown Stillwater. The paintings will be featured in the University’s
upcoming exhibition entitled Framing History: Highlights from the
Oklahoma State Capitol Senate Collection.
The 15,000 square foot gallery is Oklahoma State University’s
first dedicated museum facility. The public exhibition will run
from July 7, 2014, to Oct. 25, 2014.
Victoria Rowe Berry, Director of the Oklahoma State University Museum
of Art, said the collection represents a celebration of what Oklahomans
should be proud of.
“What I thought was quite remarkable, and an opportunity for
us to celebrate, is that it captures the history of the state,”
she said. “It’s a really wonderful way to introduce
our community to what museums can do.”
Representatives of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art and
the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
joined to professionally pack each painting. Each piece needed to
be wrapped with a special product to protect the delicate gold leaf
frames. Berry noted the frames themselves, as the name of the exhibit
suggests, play a central role in building the narrative of the collection.
“It’s a really a great opportunity to explore how many
different ways you can tell a story,” she said. “In
some cases, they are antique frames, which really set the stage
for that piece to actually impress you as if it has been around
for a very long time. It’s really fun to look at it through
the artist’s eyes.”
Berry is co-curating the exhibit with Sen. Charles Ford, founder
and president of the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation
Fund, Inc., an organization that has raised private funds to commission
156 works by Oklahoma artists for display at the state Capitol.
All 15 artists featured in the Oklahoma State University exhibit
are Oklahoma natives.
The University is producing a catalogue of the exhibition that will
feature forewords by Gov. Mary Fallin and University President Burns
Until the paintings are returned to the Capitol on Nov. 12, 2014,
the location of each piece will be marked with a label bearing an
image of the work and a brief explanation of its temporary relocation.
For more information, contact:
Sandra Shelton: (405) 521-5563