The main reception area at the front entrance to the Museum, this hall honors the generosity of Don and Mary Etta Herron. It houses the glass and steel sculpture Raven Kachina by the late Quinault/Isleta Pueblo artist Marvin Oliver (1946-2019), the patinated steel sculpture Solitude Falls Summer by Donnie Wanner (featured photo), two (2) large Talavera-style lidded jars, the “rabbit sculpture” elizabeth by Ft. Worth artist Chris Powell (b.1960), and an untitled multimedia piece by Robert Rivera (b.1950). Also installed are four wood works by sculptor James Strickland (b.1945), created during his time as visiting professor/artist in residence at the University of Oklahoma in the late 1970’s, and the large mural Coming to Oklahoma, created in 2017 by pastel artist Bill Baker (b.1961). Large ethnographic wood carvings from the Nupe and Dogon peoples of west Africa and the Iatmul peoples of New Guinea round out the artworks on view.
Outside, visitors using the parking lot are greeted by the large aircraft-aluminum sculpture So Many Friends by Choctaw-Pottawatomi artist and educator George M. Cramer (1938-2004). Click on images for full view.
!. Untitled Sculpture, 2008, Robert Rivera (American, b. 1950)
2. Turtle Sculpture, ca. 1985, Charles Pratt (1937-2017)
3. Raven Kachina (2003,2019) Marvin Oliver (Quinalt/Isleta 1946-2019)
4. elizabeth, by Chris Powell (American, b. 1960)
5. Solitude Falls Summer, 2015, Donnie Wanner (American)
6. So Many Friends, George M. Cramer (Choctaw-Pottawatomie, 1938-2004)