Through the gift of his collections to OU, Bialac has helped provide new insight into Native American culture. His collections provide as an important academic resource for art history students, including graduate students in OU’s Ph.D. program in Native American art.
As an attorney, he has built strong relationships with many prominent artists through his legal practice and served as a juror for many of the more important exhibitions of contemporary Native art, including the Santa Fe Indian Market. His collection encompasses more than 4,000 works that represents indigenous cultures across North America, especially the Pueblos of the Southwest, the Navajo, the Hopi, many tribes of the Northern and Southern Plains and the Southeastern tribes. It also includes approximately 2,600 paintings and works on paper, 1,000 kachinas and 100 pieces of jewelry representing major Native artists. Selections from his almost 50-year collection are displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the Donald E. Pray Law Library and other OU campus locations, where they serve as a major educational tool.