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Check back to this page throughout the semster to find out more about our upcoming events.

September 10

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson, illustrations by Jane Chapman


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Opera Preview - The Golden Cockerel

September 17

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld


Tuesday Noon Concert
Catlett Music Center

Organ Studio with Damin Spritzer

September 24

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

The Straight Line Wonder by Mem Fox, illustrations by Marc Rosenthal


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Percussion Studio with Andrew Richardson

October 1

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Meet Me at the Art Museum by David Goldin


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Piano Studio with Igor Lipinski

October 3

Reinstallation Opening Reception
Members only | 7-9 p.m. 

Save the date, members! Thursday, October 3 is our grand opening of the museum's reinstallation. This will be a private event for members only. The evening will consist of food, drinks, performances, and the unveiling of our galleries. Look for your official invite in the mail in September! Not a member, but still want to join in on the fun? Head to our Museum Association page to find which level of membership is perfect for you! 

October 4

Saxon Lecture
Imagining Madness: The Writing on Van Gogh’s Mental Health
Guest Speaker: Anna Gruetzner Robins, Professor Emeritus, University of Reading    
7 p.m. in the Mary Eddy Auditorium
Free and open to the public


Looking at Van Gogh’s Portrait of Alexander Reid in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, it is difficult to imagine that many people thought his portraits were proof that Van Gogh was a “lunatic.” Shortly after his early death, Van Gogh’s mental health was a sensational part of his life story, and critics used it as an excuse to hurl abuse at some of his best known and beautiful works. By analysing the first English writings on Van Gogh, we can understand the beginning of this foundational myth about him as a “mad” artist who cut off his ear, which continues to be the most that many people know about him even today. What is more, his mental health issues continue to influence the interpretation of his art. How do we lay aside this prejudice and look at his art with new eyes? This is the question Anna Gruetzner Robins seeks to answer in her talk “Imagining Madness: The Writing on Van Gogh’s Mental Health.”

Anna Gruetzner Robins is a Canadian art historian based in London. She studied at the University of Toronto and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has written and lectured widely on early responses to Modern art and artists, and has curated several books and exhibitions on the subject including Modern Art in Britain 1910 -1914, Degas, Sickert and Toulouse Lautrec, and Whistler and Impressionist Followers. Most recently she was a contributor to the catalogue Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain, 2019.

October 6

Our Museum is YOUR Museum - Open House
1-5 p.m. | Free and open to the public

Celebrate the Fred’s major gallery reinstall with a museum-wide scavenger hunt! Kids can sightsee through the collections using our new Family Packs, while adults can travel the world with a “Passport to the Arts” tour on the FJJMA museum app. Prizes will be awarded at the front desk for those who complete their epic journey!

October 8

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Grandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott Menchin, illustrations by Harry Bliss


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Trombone Studio with Irv Wagner

October 15

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Oboe Studio with Dan Schwartz

October 17

New Spaces/New Faces: Student Party
7-8:30 p.m. | Sandy Bell Gallery
Free and open to the public

Join us for an evening of frivolity as we kick off the opening of our fall exhibition AND the museum’s major reinstall. We’re mixing it up with DIY caricatures and a food combo challenge you’ll never forget! Make new friends during the Human Scavenger Hunt and enjoy peer-led tours while bonding over all things art. Plus, we'll be giving away gift cards to all your favorite Campus Corner and Main Street eats!

October 22

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Wonderfall by Michael Hall


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Saxophone Studio with Jonathan Nichol

October 24

"Size Queen: Harold Stevenson and the Politics of Looking" Lecture    
4 p.m. Mary Eddy Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Sam Watson, Assistant Professor of Art & Design - Art History and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Watson will discuss Stevenson’s frequent use of enlargement, cropping, and fragmentation in his representations of the male body throughout the 1960s. This talk will explain how these practices relate to his experience as a gay man when homosexuality was criminalized and stigmatized. By investigating the sexual and artistic politics of the era, his work can be seen as an important bridge between queer artists before and after Stonewall.

October 29

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston, illustrations by Jeanette Winter


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Sooner Bassooners 

November 2

Día de Los Muertos
1-4 p.m. | Free and open to the public

We’re hosting a Day of the Dead event with family-friendly activities at the museum! Visit the Menagerie installation and make your own ofrenda, sugar skull mask, and papel picada decorations. Light refreshments will be provided to celebrate Latin American culture at the museum!

November 5

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Dali and the Path of Dreams by Anna Obiols, illustrations by Joan Subirana


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Cello Studio with Jon Ruck

November 12

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship by Kelly Light

Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Viola Studio with Mark Neumann

Lester Wing Gallery Talk
2 p.m. | Free and open to the public

Join us for back-to-back gallery talks that focus on the museum’s reinstallation of the permanent collections. The Lester Wing talk will be led by Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director Mark White. 

November 14

About Face: Portrait Drawing 
7:00-8:30 p.m | Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free, seating is limited to 20 people
.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw a portrait? Artist and Outreach Coordinator Amanda-Boehm Garcia will lead a fun and easy beginner’s class for adults inspired by the Great Society exhibition. Register before November 11th to secure your spot! Contact aboehmgarcia@ou.edu or call 405-325-2297 to sign up. 

November 15

Museum Association Bus Trip: Bartlesville 
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association is hosting a day bus trip to Bartlesville, Oklahoma on November 15th, 2019! Trip attendees will visit the Price Tower, Copper Restaurant + Bar, and Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve. All costs for the trip are inclusive, and transportation to and from our destination will be provided. The bus will tentatively return to the Lloyd Noble Center by 7:00 p.m. that evening. To sign up, visit the Membership events page or contact the Museum Association office at artmuseumassoc@ou.edu or by calling (405) 325-5990.

November 16

Misunderstood! Poetry Reading 
1-3 p.m. in the Mezzanine
Free and open to the public

This poetry reading is intended to give audiences a chance to interact with the poetry and art of Misunderstood! in a new and more intimate way. Several poems will be read aloud by different individuals, all from Oklahoma, who have a personal connection to the material in this exhibit. With poems ranging from 1894 to 2019, the reading will cover a large timeframe of works with poets all tired of being misunderstood. 

November 19

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier

Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Violin Studio with Gregory Lee

Stuart Wing Gallery Talk
2 p.m. | Free and open to the public

Join us for back-to-back gallery talks that focus on the museum’s reinstallation of the permanent collections. The Stuart Wing talk will be led by Eugene B. Adkins Curator Hadley Jerman. 

November 26

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

David’s Drawings by Cathryn Falwell


Tuesday Noon Concert
Sandy Bell Gallery

Chamber Music

December 3

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Red is Best by Kathy Stinson, illustrations by Robin Baird Lewis

December 10

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

Mousterpiece by Jane Breskin Zalben

December 12

All Aboard!
6-8 p.m. | Sandy Bell Gallery 
Free and open to kids of all ages

Model trains are back and better than ever! See them during the last half of December during our festive installation featuring live music and a visit from Santa. The opening night includes art activities, a cookie and hot cocoa bar, and much more! This family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. Don't miss your chance to get your holidays on the right track!

December 17

Art Adventures
10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom
Free and open to kids of all ages

No Two Alike by Keith Baker

No Art Adventures December 24 or 31