Art makes the mundane interesting, the obsolete important and the everyday extraordinary. Its transformative power transcends age, race and creed, collectively delivering us to a point of inspiration.
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.– Jean-Luc Godard
Experience the culture of Oklahoma through the state’s artistic beauty. Don’t restrict yourself to four walls; on Adventure Road, creativity knows no bounds, spanning urban districts and countrysides to project an original vision to the world.
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.– George Bernard Shaw
Walk down Western Avenue, stopping to admire a gorgeous mural on practically every corner.
Tour one of the country’s finest university art collections at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
Choose from nearly two dozen unique galleries in the famed Paseo Arts District.
Let your imagination run wild on the road ahead.
In 1970, Ethel Goddard established the Charles B. Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in honor of her late husband. Today, the center serves to provide cultural experiences and arts education for aspiring artists and performers of all ages.
Check out the growing art community in Sulphur, Oklahoma, home to the ARTesian Gallery & Studios. Opened in November 2013, the gallery showcases original Chickasaw artwork, plus studio spaces where you can watch artists as they weave, throw pots, paint and more.
For a first-hand look at authentic, Native American art, visit the Chokma’si Gallery in Ada. Located within the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of Arts and Humanities building, the gallery features handcrafted pieces and also features a retail section with jewelry, pottery, prints and more.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, located on the University of Oklahoma campus, is known as one of the finest university art museums in the country. Established in 1936, the museum now boasts a nearly 17,000-object permanent collection featuring such visionaries as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper, as well as a large collection of Native American and American Southwest art.
Located in Oklahoma City's Bricktown entertainment district, Exhibit C is one of the latest additions to the downtown area's artistic and retail offerings, housing an art gallery with handcrafted work by Chickasaw artists, both on display and for sale.
Red Earth is home to an impressive permanent collection of over 1,400 objects of Native American fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles and beadwork. Each June, Oklahoma City welcomes the Red Earth Festival, featuring hundreds of award-winning Native artists and dancers who celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the world.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is home to one of the world's largest, most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass, with a 55-foot, multi-colored Chihuly tower greeting visitors as they enter the museum's atrium.
The Paseo area was developed in 1929 as the first shopping district in the state, and gradually became home to local artists and musicians. Today, the Paseo's Spanish revival buildings are home to 22 galleries, restaurants, boutiques and more. Be sure to visit for First Friday, the Paseo's monthly art walk, featuring dozens of artists and several opening receptions held in participating district galleries. The Paseo Arts Festival is also held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, combining art, food, music and family fun.
Witness the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art and artifacts that preserve the history and cultures of the American West. Be sure to check out the variety of works by renowned American artist Frederic Remington, as well as the massive “End of the Trail” sculpture that greets visitors upon arrival.
Western Avenue is one of the most diverse stretches in the city, combining upscale offerings with local, homey establishments that pay tribute to the area's roots. The first Thursday of each month plays host to Western Avenue On the Lawn, a family event featuring food trucks, kids' activities, movies and more. And in the fall, Western Avenue brings you Taste of Western, an annual festival that celebrates local art and culinary favorites.
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