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James T. Bialac: Recent Acquisitions

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James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection: Recent Acquisitions

May 12 through June 5, 2016


In 2010, James T. Bialac formally gifted his collection of Native American art to the University of Oklahoma. One of the most significant private collections of Native American art ever accumulated, it contained 4,100 objects, representing 128 tribes, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, and katsinam. Since the arrival of the art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Mr. Bialac has continued acquiring art for the Collection, adding approximately 300 new works each year. This exhibition presents selected works representing the collector’s interests and his support of the museum’s initiatives.

As the Collection continues to grow, University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren has expanded the scope of campus installations to make the art accessible for the university family and the public. Currently, works from the James T. Bialac Collection are installed at multiple OU Norman campus locations, including the College of Law, the College of International Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, and Bizzell Memorial Library; the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the OU Health Sciences Center; and the Schusterman Center at OU-Tulsa.

Read the press release here.


Craig George (U.S., Navajo, b.1970)
Midnight Yeii Rider
, 2013
Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 in.
The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, 2013