Summer hours begin June 22

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host a series of tours, events and programming surrounding the blockbuster summer exhibition “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.” Highlights include Members’ Day on Friday, June 21, curator-led public tours throughout the exhibition, Studio Sunday “make-and-take” activities on select Sundays and an Aug. 14 public lecture by Dr. Katie Hanson, associate curator of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

“We are thankful to Oklahoma Humanities for their generous support of our public lecture,” said Bryon Chambers, OKCMOA manager of tours and adult learning. “Dr. Hanson is one of the top scholars of Impressionist art in the country, and we are thrilled to present her free lecture to our community titled ‘In the Studio and en plein air: Impressionism Among Friends.’ We’re also looking forward to bringing back Studio Sundays.”

Elizabeth Roewe, OKCMOA membership manager, added, “There has never been a better time to join the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Not only does membership grant you early access to this spectacular exhibition a day before it opens to the public, but members get free admission to the exhibition all summer long.”

Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of 19th and early 20th-century French art to the VMFA. The exhibition reproduces the invigorating experience of the Mellons’ collection in a series of sections including Cyphers of Modernity, Horses, Flowers, Views of Paris, People, Water, Interiors and Tables, The French Countryside, The Transformation of the Ordinary and VMFA: Toward Impressionism.

From June 22 to Sept. 22, the Museum will operate summer hours and will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

An exhibition catalogue from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. This exhibition is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and presented by Inasmuch Foundation and Kirsten and David Griffin.

A full list of programming is below.


Friday, June 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Exhibition Highlights: Members may meet in the galleries for a 30-minute exhibition overview with Museum staff.
  • 5 p.m. Refreshments available in the Museum lobby
  • 6 p.m. “Edgar Degas, Equestrian Art & The Age of Photography,” by Dr. Michael Anderson, Director of Curatorial Affairs

“Van Gogh, Monet, Degas” galleries and the lecture will only be open to members on June 21 and all membership levels are invited. For information on becoming a Museum member, visit


These in-gallery guided tours will provide conversation-based insights and close looking experiences. Pre-registration recommended. Purchase tickets at $15 for members; $25 for non-members.

Sunday, June 30, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10, 11 a.m.

Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7, 11 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28, 11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m.


Wednesday, August 14, 6 p.m.

“In the Studio and en plein air: Impressionism Among Friends” by Dr. Katie Hanson, Associate Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. This lecture is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Oklahoma Humanities.


Reservations required. Tour guides are available with notice three weeks in advance. Group tickets are $15 per person, and include admission to all exhibitions on view. Call (405) 278-8213 or email for more information.


Sunday, June 23, 1-4 p.m. Paper Horse Reliefs

Sunday, July 21, 1-4 p.m. Paint Like Monet

Sunday, August 18, 1-4 p.m. Wire Dancers

Sunday, September 22, 1-4 p.m. Watercolor Seascapes

Free with admission. Visit for details.


Sessions held on select Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Coffee, social time and an interactive gallery experience. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. E-mail for more details. $5 for members; $15 for non-members.

BABIES AT THE MUSEUM (Ages 0-2 years)

JULY ǀ Clip & Clop

Friday, July 5

Saturday, July 6

AUGUST ǀ Water & Waves

Friday, Aug. 2

Saturday, Aug. 3

SEPTEMBER ǀ Fields & Flowers

Friday, Sept. 6

Saturday, Sept. 7

MUSEUM PLAYDATE (Ages 2-4 years)

JULY ǀ Clip & Clop

Friday, July 12

Saturday, July 13

AUGUST ǀ Water & Waves

Friday, August 9

Saturday, August 10

SEPTEMBER ǀ Fields & Flowers

Friday, September 13

Saturday, September 14