NORMAN, OKLA. – The holidays came early to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, which announced last week that it will now extend free admission to all visitors, thanks to an annual $60,000 gift from the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department. The gifts keep coming as Muse, the museum store, offers 15 to 40 percent discounts on all sales Friday, Dec. 7.
The second annual Holiday Grab Bag Sale is set from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Each visitor will receive a grab bag with a 15 to 40 percent discount on total purchases.
Jacobson House Presents T.C. Cannon Panel at FJJMA Dec. 7
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Oscar B. Jacobson Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be co-sponsoring an event with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, entitled "The Life and Art of T.C. Cannon."
T.C. Cannon, a Kiowa/Caddo artist, was recognized as one of the most influential Native American artists of the 20th century, before his untimely death at the age of 32 in 1978. Sherman Chaddlesone, Richard Ray Whitman, and Barbara Warner, all three of whom were personal friends of the late T.C. Cannon, will be on a discussion panel at 6:30 p.m. on December 7, 2012. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Jr. Auditorium at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
OU Athletics Department Donation Allows Free Admission to Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
NORMAN, OKLA. – Free admission is now available to the general public when visiting the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. A $60,000 gift from the OU Athletics Department budget will make this possible. The museum will be contacting members of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association to help implement this change.
Art Professor to Discuss Modern Art in Native Art Collection Nov. 29
NORMAN, OKLA. – The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is a decidedly modern one. Two exhibitions from the collection, which opened in September, already have drawn thousands of visitors to the museum on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.
Visitors are invited to attend a complimentary guest lecture at the museum at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, by W. Jackson Rushing III, the Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art at the OU School of Art and Art History.
FJJMA to Provide Free Native Art Events Nov. 15, 18
NORMAN, OKLA. – Complimentary events are being offered at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of two Native American art exhibitions from the James T. Bialac Collection. Christy Vezolles, art appraiser and founder of Art Value LLC, will present a guest lecture at the art museum at the University of Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. Family Day is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Family Day is made possible by the generous support from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. The museum will provide complimentary admission and hands-on art activities for all ages.
OU Students to Present Works From Native American Art Collection at the FJJMA Nov. 1
NORMAN, OKLA. – Five students from the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History will give a short presentation about the significance of a favorite selected work of art from the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
FJJMA Announces Video Chat With Native Artist Nora Naranjo-Morse Oct. 24
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host a live video chat Wednesday, Oct. 24, with Native American sculptor, poet, author and video producer Nora Naranjo-Morse, whose work is featured in two new exhibitions of the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection at the University of Oklahoma’s art museum. The public is invited to attend the complimentary lecture and interactive chat at 4 p.m. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium.
Philbrook Museum Curator to Discuss Art in Native Collection Oct. 18 at OU Art Museum
NORMAN, OKLA. – Christina E. Burke, curator of Native American Art and Non-Western Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art, will present a complimentary guest lecture at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. The lecture, Outside the Frame: Three-Dimensional Art in the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, surveys selections from the nearly 600 three-dimensional Native works of art in the Bialac Collection.
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art has joined with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to present two evenings of Iranian films Oct. 16 and 17 at the University of Oklahoma’s art museum. The films will be shown in conjunction with the OU Iranian Studies Program and a continuing series at the OKCMOA.
The film series continues at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Noble Theatre in Oklahoma City Oct. 18-21. The six-day film series surveys contemporary Iranian cinema since 2000. Additional information about the series is available online at www.okcmoa.com.
Museum Association Membership Party Features Prizes Oct. 5
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association is pulling out all the stops this Friday, Oct. 5, for an evening membership party full of auction items and grand prizes. The 2013 Museum Association Membership Party is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by an after party for Metro Arts Circle members from 9 to 11 p.m. at In the Raw on Campus Corner.
University of Oklahoma Announces Fall Celebration of James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma opens The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection: Selected Works and Indigenous Aesthetics: Selections from the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection in September.
Photography Exhibit Debuts at OU Health Sciences Center
NORMAN, OKLA. – Silent Witnesses, an art exhibition that explores the reality of landmines through a moving display of photography that opens in October at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Originally a collaboration between the United Nations and the Center for International Health and Cooperation, Silent Witnesses was organized by Dr. Kevin M. Cahill, an internationally recognized tropical medicine specialist, and award-winning photographer Thomas Roma in July 1995 for the U.N. International Meeting on Mine Clearance in Geneva, Switzerland.
Rescheduled Luncheon on the Grass Adds Concert, Art Activities Sept. 9 at Lions Park
NORMAN, OKLA. – Due to inclement weather this spring, the annual Luncheon on the Grass community event was rescheduled for a new fall date, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Lions Park, followed by a live concert at 7. The third annual Luncheon on the Grass picnic is a collaboration of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Firehouse Art Center, Jacobson House Native Art Center and Norman Arts Council, and features a new, live concert and some “ducky” art activities by the Norman Public Arts Board.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Calls for Additional Docents
NORMAN, OKLA. – In anticipation of an exciting new year, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is expanding its docent program. The museum currently is looking for volunteers who guide visitors of all ages through the museum. Prior knowledge of art is not required—applicants just need an enthusiasm for learning and for sharing knowledge with others.
NORMAN, OKLA. – A new exhibition of works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso goes on display Friday, Aug. 3, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. For a limited time, the museum at the University of Oklahoma features works by the Cubist master, the highlight of which is a unique work on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum. Woman in the Studio, a 1956 painting, will be displayed along with eight other Picasso works from the FJJMA’s permanent collection.
National Weather Biennale Announces Judges, Deadlines
NORMAN, OKLA. – A new international biennale offering $25,000 in prizes for weather in art has announced a final awards jury in the fields of modern art, meteorology and art museums. The National Weather Center and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, as well as the Norman Arts Council, announced the launch of the National Weather Center Biennale in April. The deadline for entries is Oct. 1.
FJJMA Celebrates "Alice in Wonderland" with “UNbirthday Party”
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art invites families to take a trip down the rabbit hole. The museum at the University of Oklahoma will host a free screening of the Disney film Alice in Wonderland, followed by an “UNbirthday Party.”
FJJMA to Open National Gallery of Art Master Drawings, Warhol Portraiture Exhibitions June 8
NORMAN, OKLA. – Marking the first time that the National Gallery of Art of Washington, D.C., has ever lent a complete exhibition to any institution in Oklahoma, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art unveils Vernet to Villon: Nineteenth- Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art with a free opening reception to the public at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8.
Lion King, Family Day Offered June 9-10 at OU Art Museum
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art invites families to join in several free activities over the weekend. The museum at the University of Oklahoma will be screening the Disney film, The Lion King, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9 and will be hosting hands-on art activities for families from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10 celebrating a new exhibition of 19th-century French master drawings from the National Gallery of Art.
OU Museums Offer Free Admission to Active Duty Military, Families
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Sam Noble Museum and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will kickoff this summer season with a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012.
Luncheon on the Grass Adds Concert, Public Art May 20 at Lions Park
NORMAN, OKLA. – Norman’s annual arts picnic in the park is growing by two organizations and activities for 2012. The third annual Luncheon on the Grass picnic, which is a collaboration of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Firehouse Art Center, Jacobson House Native Art Center and Norman Arts Council, is scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Lions Park.
Norman Student Artwork to Be Featured in Washington D.C. Exhibition
NORMAN, OKLA. – Norman fourth graders Allys Amuny from Cleveland Elementary, Ava Starling from McKinley Elementary and Jordan Walker from Lakeview Elementary have scored their first national art show: their original artwork has been selected for display in an exhibition opening in Washington D.C. this week.
OU Art Museum to Open Frankoma Pottery Show April 20
NORMAN, OKLA. – Works of one of Oklahoma’s favorite potters, John Frank, are featured in a new exhibition, Oklahoma Clay: Frankoma Pottery, opening Friday, April 20, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The exhibit features a selection of work from Frank’s Oklahoma-based pottery factory that manufactured unique and collectable ceramics for more than 50 years. Highlights include a group of individual pieces made by the potter.
National Weather Center Debuts Art Biennale, Prizes for Weather in Art
NORMAN, OKLA. – How does weather affect the artistic muse? The National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma teams up with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Norman Arts Council to explore the theme of weather in art with the National Weather Center Biennale – the first national juried exhibition featuring art about weather. The biennale officially begins Earth Day, April 22.
Please visit the offical National Weather Center Biennale website here.
Free Disney Activities Continue April 14-19 at FJJMA
NORMAN, OKLA. – Swashbuckling animals, multimedia mash-ups and a business symposium are all part of the continued events scheduled for April 14 through 19 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. The art museum invites the public to join in three upcoming events celebrating the new exhibition of Disney animation cels.
OU Art Museum Video Chat Series Features James Rosenquist April 4
NORMAN, OKLA. – University of Oklahoma students and the public are invited to interact with American artist James Rosenquist via live video chat at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The second of its kind in the new series, 30 Minutes With, the chat begins with a 30-minute talk by OU art professor Susan Caldwell at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 at the museum, followed by the live chat with Rosenquist.
Children Invited to Disney Concert, Costume Pageant April 1
NORMAN, OKLA. – Families are invited to a live concert featuring classic songs from Walt Disney films, a children’s costume pageant with prizes, multimedia art productions and more Sunday, April 1, in Catlett Music Center on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. Children 12 and under are invited to dress as their favorite Disney character. Costume prizes include an opportunity to help conduct a song during the concert and other Disney gifts.
OU Art Museum Hosts Free Weekend of Disney Activities
NORMAN, OKLA. – A tale of spotted puppies, hands-on art activities and a tour with a Walt Disney art collector are all par for the course over the next few days at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The museum at the University of Oklahoma invites families to join in several free activities celebrating a new exhibition of Disney animation cels.
Decorative Arts and the American West: Russel Center Symposium Set in Connection with Pottery Exhibition
NORMAN, OKLA. – “Decorative Arts and the American West,” the seventh biennial symposium of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma, will take place on Friday, April 20, in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., in the OU Arts District. Beginning at 9 a.m., this daylong event is free and open to the public, with a nominal charge for an optional luncheon. Noted scholars, museum curators and art historians will discuss such diverse topics as ranch-style furniture, regionally inspired pottery and silver-mounted saddles.
Historian to Discuss Art in Arabian Gulf Feb. 23 at FJJMA
NORMAN, OKLA. – As business and the economy thrive in the Middle East, art and culture are following the same trend. Roger Mandle, senior advisor to the Chair of the Board of the Qatar Museums Authority, will present Museums in the 21st Century: New Audiences and Old Values in the Gulf at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The lecture is free and open to the public.
FJJMA Student Party Features Prizes, Live Entertainment Feb. 29
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art invites University of Oklahoma students to the annual spring student party 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. The party is held in conjunction with the opening of the museum’s new exhibition, A Century of Magic: The Animation of the Walt Disney Studios, Animation Cels from the Collection of Janis Scaramucci and Domer “Jay” Scaramucci.
OU Art Museum Hosts Video Chat With Artist Kiki Smith Feb. 9
NORMAN, OKLA. – Combining modern technology with contemporary art, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma invites the public to a live video chat with artist Kiki Smith at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The new series, 30 Minutes With, debuts with a 30-minute talk by OU art professor Susan Caldwell, followed by a 30-minute live Internet chat with Smith, a contemporary artist known for feminist and religious subjects using multiple mediums.
NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma has added Heather Ahtone to its ranks as a new assistant curator. Ahtone, who has served as a research associate for the Diversity in Geosciences Project at the OU School of Geology and Geophysics, joins the museum as the new James T. Bialac Assistant Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. – The Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship invites the public to hear from visiting art world luminaries in a series of public panels offering a broad view of various professional practices within the field of contemporary art. Professors Unfolding Contemporary Art in Academia: Research and Writing will be held at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on April 14.
NORMAN, OKLA. – Art and music enthusiasts can jazz up their Tuesday lunch hour at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The museum’s free weekly Tuesday Noon Concerts series returns Feb. 7 in the Sandy Bell Gallery.
NORMAN, OKLA. – Premiering as the first student show since the opening of the new Stuart Wing, the 98th Annual School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition returns to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma with a free, public opening reception Friday, Jan. 20. The reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 8.
For a list of selected student work and award winners, click here.
OU Art Museum Temporarily Closes Stuart Wing, Offers Free Admission
NORMAN, OKLA. – Due to rotating spring exhibitions and other building maintenance, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma is temporarily closing the new Stuart Wing. The museum, however, is offering free admission to the Lester Wing throughout the process. Museum officials said the Stuart Wing should reopen Tuesday, Jan. 17.