Oklahoma City & Norman The two OKC area art museums are very good. Also check out the Paseo Arts District for commercial art galleries. JRB is the best one. The Bricktown area is a fun venue to eat and shop (no art).
- Oklahoma City Art Museum § www.okcmoa.com
415 Couch Drive (Oklahoma City, 73102), 405-236-3100, toll-free 800-579-9ART.
Hours: Tue - Sat 10-5, Thur until 9, Sun noon-5. Cost: $9.00.
Comments: New 100,000 square foot museum downtown. They feature a large installation by Dale Chihuly (shown on the left). The cafe is nice too.
- [Artspace] at Untitled § www.artspaceatuntitled.org
1 NE 3rd Street (Oklahoma City, 73104), 405-815-9995.
Hours: Tue - Sat 10-5, Sat 10-4. Cost: free, plenty of free parking.
Comments: This art space is in a beautiful historic building and usually has an interesting exhibit up. They also teach printmaking. It's just East of downtown OKC and well worth the trip.
Norman is south of Oklahoma City and the home of Oklahoma University. The museum and Mainsite are worth a stop on your way from Dallas or points South.
- Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the University of Oklahoma § www.ou.edu/fjjma
410 West Boyd (Norman 73019), 405-325-3272.
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, open Thursday until 9; Sun 1-5. Cost: $5.00. Free parking across from the museum.
Comments: On the college campus and expanded in 2005 and again in 2010. They feature contemporary art, Southwestern art, art between the wars and more. The web site is good and includes lots of art.
- Mainsite Contemporary Art § www.mainsite-art.com
122 East Main (Norman 73070), 405-292-8095.
Hours: check the website for hours. Cost: free. Free street parking.
Comments: This commercial space is the best gallery on the OKC area. It's easy to find and worth the stop.
TulsaTulsa is really a nice city. Try 15th Street just East of downtown, also called Cherry Street, for eating and antique stores. The two art museums are both outstanding.
- Gilcrease Museum § www.gilcrease.org
1400 Gilcrease Museum Road (Tulsa 74127), 918-596-2700, toll-free 888-655-2278. Free parking.
Hours: Seven days a week 10-5. Free, $3.00 donation requested.
Comments: Western and American art primarily from the 19th and early 20th century. The room of Thomas Moran paintings is just outstanding! Many other great landscape and portrait paintings too. Visit the Gilcrease and the Amon Carter in Fort Worth and you will have seen the best in Western art.
- Philbrook Museum of Art § www.philbrook.org
2727 South Rockford Road, (Tulsa 74114), 918-748-5309, toll-free 800-324-7941. Free parking.
Hours: Tue - Sun 10-5, Thur until 8. Cost: $7.50
Comments: The building is the former mansion of oilman Waite Phillips and worth the trip alone! Of special interest is the prints and paintings from Alexander Hogue on thesecond floor. The collection is primarily European and American paintings. Some great American Indian pots on the lower level. The quality is high and they usually have an excellent travelling exhibit.
Shown to the left from the Philbrook: Alexandre Hogue, Erosion No. 2 - Mother Earth Laid Bare, 1936. It's one of the best by the Texas regionalists, I love this painting!
Other OK Resources
Oklahoma Museums Association - links to art and other museum sites.