A Message from the Westheimer Family
Distinguished Visiting Artist Program Postponed to Spring 2022
In 2004, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art received a generous endowment from Jerome M. and Wanda Otey Westheimer supporting the establishment of a biennial Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair and Exhibition. The program made its debut the following year and in alternating years ever since. Due to the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the Museum and the Westheimer family have jointly concluded that it was in the best interest of all concerned to postpone the DVA chair and exhibition from Fall 2021 to Spring 2022. The safety and protection of Museum visitors and staff remains paramount and we continue to urge all to wear masks, practice socially distancing and avoid large groups and confined spaces.
COVID-19 Protocols Update
May 19, 2021
The University of Oklahoma announced today the immediate end of its university-wide masking requirement and social distancing policies in accordance with updated CDC guidelines.
Masking will no longer be required when visiting the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art for fully vaccinated individuals 12 years of age and older, with limited exceptions. Beginning immediately, masking requirements will be limited to the following groups and settings:
- Unvaccinated individuals inside OU facilities
- Guests 2-11 years of age inside OU facilities
- Transit buses due to Department of Transportation mandates
Being fully vaccinated is defined as being two weeks past the final dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. The university strongly encourages the entire OU community to get vaccinated, particularly those residing in congregate housing. Anyone who wishes to mask indoors or outdoors may freely do so.
Also in accordance with CDC guidance, OU will eliminate its social distancing protocols in all areas except patient care and research participant settings. For more information on OU's current response to COVID-19 and regular updates, click the link below.