The Oklahoma Hall of Fame is proud to host a special exhibit of Oklahoma artists in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum. Artster Oklahoma is a collaborative project showcasing artists in Oklahoma and will be on display from February 21 to May 18, 2019. The opening reception is free to the public and will be held on Thursday, February 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The term Artster refers to an individual who chooses a culturally rich lifestyle and maintains a great admiration for various forms of art. Informed and typically altruistic by nature, this individual believes in the power of creative appreciation and collaboration as a means to benefit humanity.
Michelle LaVasque and Espanta Steppe set out to find and connect with other Oklahoma artists, artisans, and craftsmen. They crave to learn about talent, the process, and the human story. Usually, the artist’s work is on exhibit with only a brief glance at the artist themselves. The diversity of the artists and the places they are from all add to their unique individual stories. The various mediums including textiles, oil painting, sculptures, and leather works reflect the individual artist’s balance of the line between art intersecting with craft.
In this exhibit, the artists are the central focus. They are chronicled at work in their studios through photographs and narratives in the book Artster Oklahoma. Copies of Artster Oklahoma will be available in the Museum Store.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame preserves Oklahoma’s history by telling Oklahoma’s story through its people. Founded in 1927, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame was created to honor Oklahomans who had given outstanding service to the state during their lifetime and to provide educational programming for students of all ages. Being inducted to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is Oklahoma's Highest Honor. Through exhibits and experiences at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame stands to preserve Oklahoma’s unique history while promoting pride in our great state. For more information about the Oklahoma Hall of Fame or Gaylord-Pickens Museum, visit oklahomahof.com or call 405.235.4458.