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Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind

October 9, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Maria Martinez and Tony Da, Polished Black Lidded Jar with Bird, Lizard and Bison Designs

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Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind is a collaborative exhibition involving the FJJMA, Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville and the OU Colleges of Architecture and Engineering, with animation and 3-D renderings created by Skyline Ink Animation Studios. The exhibit will use cutting edge technology to highlight the architectural achievements of one of the 20th century’s most internationally respected architects.


Using Goff’s original working drawings as a primary resource, 3-D construction models and cinematic photorealistic computer animation will bring to life projects previously seen only in developmental stages, renderings or historic photographs.


This exhibition will encompass a survey of architectural designs by Goff that were never realized or were demolished. Utilizing state-of-the-art modeling and animation technologies, Goff’s designs will be reproduced in stunning detail to explore his theories of organicism and use of materials.

The exhibition also will show original drawings and renderings and will include a catalogue of a group of essays on different aspects of Mr. Goff’s “sense of creativity.” The projects selected include the Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Ignacio Perez House, the Viva Hotel, several Joe Price commissions and other exciting buildings. The realized Bavinger House also will be included in this exhibition.

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Watch the new video for the exhibition by Skyline Ink:

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pdf <b>Bruce Goff Images</b>
Click here to download a selected list of framed copies of renderings or blueprints from the exhibition.



About Bruce Goff: Legendary architect Bruce Goff was born in 1904 in Kansas but came to Oklahoma with his family at the age of 2. He was just 12 when a Tulsa architectural firm took him on as an apprentice in 1916. He completed his first design project at 15. Goff had no formal education beyond high school, but was widely recognized for his creative genius and, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, he is considered among the pioneers of the organic design movement. In 1947, Goff accepted an invitation to teach at the then OU School of Architecture. A few months later, he became the school’s chairman, serving from 1947 to 1955. He brought almost instant national and international attention to OU. The school and its students, who came from around the United States and world to study, flourished under Goff’s influence. Following his retirement from OU, Goff was in private practice in Bartlesville, Okla.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Tyler, Texas. He died in Tyler in 1982. 


About the exhibition: Goff designs reproduced in the exhibition: Crystal Chapel, Norman, Okla., 1949; Bavinger residence, Norman, Okla., 1950; Garvey residence, Urbana, Ill., 1952; Perez residence, Caracas, Venezuela, 1953; Price Studio, Bartlesville, Okla., 1953; Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity, Norman, Okla., 1955; National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, 1956; Circle Tower Apartments, Bartlesville, 1957; Allen residence, Bartlesville, 1959; Viva Hotel, Las Vegas, 1961; Price residence, Bartlesville, 1974 (destroyed by fire in 1996); Shin’enKan Museum, unspecified location, 1978

The opening of the exhibition (October 9, 2010) features an exciting symposium with special guest speakers, a panel discussion and opening reception.The FJJMA has the privilege of being the opening venue for the exhibition that will then travel to three yet-to-be-determined international museums before closing at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville in 2012. At the time of this proposal, discussions are ongoing about exhibit sites in Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. This exhibition also will provide a fitting segue to the World Creativity Forum, which will be hosted by Oklahoma Creativity in November 2010. The World Creativity Forum’s annual meeting will be held in Oklahoma, the first state in the United States to host such a conference. Oklahoma Creativity encourages and supports creativity and ingenuity in the multiple areas of culture, commerce, and education.


Limited Seating – Registration Required*


Sat Oct 9

Morning Symposium, 10 am-12:30 pm

Catlett Music Center, Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall

Introduction by Ghislain d’Humières, Director, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and Nelson Brackin, President, Friends of Kebyar

Lectures by Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind catalogue contributors:

Brian Eyerman: Music-Architecture-Animation

Hans Butzer, AIA: Seeds for a Pod

Sidney K. Robinson, AIA, ArchD: Wright-Goff-and After

Kay L. Johnson: Creativity and the Organic Architecture of Bruce Goff

Scott W. Perkins: Bruce Goff and the Modern Organic Interior

Mark A. White: “Steadily to the Ideal”: The Paintings of Bruce Goff


Afternoon Symposium, 2-4pm

Catlett Music Center, Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall

Panel Discussion:  Bruce Goff and Followers

Moderated by Dr. Sidney Robinson


Robert Alan Bowlby

Donald W. MacDonald

Brian Fitzsimmons

Brian Eyerman


Opening Reception, 7-9 pm

Sandy Bell Gallery


*Seating is limited for the symposia.

For more information and accommodations on the basis of disability, please call 405.325.0843 or email 


Read about the Friends of Kebyar at and the Friends of Kebyar Celebration X at

 Image credit:

Perfect Prisms: Crystal Chapel, 2009

Ellen Sandor, Chris Kemp, Chris Day, Ben Carney, and Miguel Delgado, (art)n

30 x 40 PHSCologram: Duratrans, Kodalth, Plexiglas


This work was inspired by Bruce Goff's breathtaking designs for a nondenominational chapel at the University of Oklahoma. The chapel has been reconstructed with an array of various prisms advancing out into space. Refraction of light and reflection color break up the serene environment and awaken it with new energy.



Bavinger house