Portrait of Edward Hopper
Jerome M. Westheimer Sr. Collection
Geologist Jerome M. Westheimer, Sr., explored his love of art through his own personal art collection and by supporting institutions including OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. In 2005, he bequeathed major works of art ranging from an American Impressionist still-life by Julian Alden Weir to a painting by the contemporary French artist Jean Dubuffet to the museum. These 11 paintings, from Westheimer's personal collection, joined 44 earlier donations to the museum.
Upon the gift of the Fernado Botero sculpture, “Sphinx,” in 2006, OU President David Boren said this about Westheimer: "He had a keen eye for art matched only by his generosity and wish that his personal collection be shared with others, especially with students who would learn from it."
Former FJJMA museum director Eric Lee described Westheimer as “a Renaissance man who enriched the cultural landscape of Oklahoma.”