Read On: Art in the Library

Last weekend, we went to the Gilcrease Museum to see the Pulitzer Prize photograph exhibit. I needed more than one tissue to get through it, but I’m glad we went. It was room after room of powerful and heartwrenching pieces of our history. 

While we were there, we took the time to explore some of the other galleries in the building. We are lucky to have such exemplary art museums in our area. If you haven’t been in a while, the Gilcrease and the Philbrook are worth the trip to Tulsa. 

Both the Gilcrease and Philbrook Museums feature a variety of Native American art in their collections that remind me of the amazing art we house here in the Pryor Library. All of our art has been donated through the years and we try to display and care for each piece the way the donors would want. 

We recently transferred some pieces to City Hall, the Parks Department, and the Pryor Area Arts and Humanities Council because we weren’t able to accomplish the goal of displaying and caring for each piece respectfully. Now, we have more room for pieces here and the pieces we transferred are being given proper wall space. 

When you visit next, be sure find our bust of Lincoln by Willard Stone (donated by the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority in 1961), our bronzes by Frederick Remington (donated by Bill and Karen Rabbit in 1993), and the twenty or so other pieces around the building. We’re working on relabeling all of our art, so if you can’t find title and artist information nearby, ask us and we’ll find out for you. 

Don’t miss this week’s Summer Reading events! 

Monday: Sumi-E painting with Sula Robertson at 6:30 PM (for adults)

Tuesday: Asteroid Hunt at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM (for ages 5-11)

Wednesday: Storytime Class at 10:30 AM (for ages 0-4)

Thursday: PJ Movie Night at 6:30 PM (for ages 12-18)