Seven-States Biennial Exhibition
Jan. 23 to March 25
The Museum is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the Seven-States Biennial Exhibition, along with the Nesbitt Gallery and the Goddard Center. This year’s exhibit is made up of 44 paintings, sculptures, prints and other works of art. It features 23 artists from Oklahoma and the six surrounding states. Every two years, artists may submit original works to the competition.
An art juror selects winning entries in multiple categories, judges the works and awards cash prizes. This year’s juror was William Cannings, an Associate Professor of Art at Texas Tech University. Cannings received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. His works focuses on the effects of compressed air on metal. A review of his work can be found in Art Lies, an international arts journal.
First place was awarded to Colorado-native William Stoehr for his acrylic-on-canvas portrait Thea 4. University of Oklahoma graduate student Mayumi Makino Kiefer’s stoneware piece Three Soldiers Repurposed received second place…
Jan. 23 to March 25
The Museum of the Red River opened in 1975 with a focus on regional archaeology. It supported local field research, often collaborating with agencies like the Oklahoma Archeological Survey or the U.S. Forest Service. At the same time, the Museum collected complementary material for educational purposes. In the 1980s, it ceased all field operations and returned any materials recovered under government contract to the appropriate agencies. It expanded its collecting interest to include art from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands.
Small Worlds: Miniature Masterworks
Feb. 6 to April 8
The creation of miniatures, smaller versions of “regular-sized” objects, figures, or entire scenes, is a creative activity found throughout the world. They can be commemorative or evocative, and give vision to an idea, concept, or event. They are generally portable—or at least more manageable—than the “real thing.” Artists and craftsmen who make these objects are master technicians within their trade. They have the sufficient experience and have developed the necessary talents to create such works. But they must also be perceptive artists, to capture and present the items’ innate “charms.”
[Pictured: Miniature Instruments, 20th century (China). Gift of Nathaniel and Lana Grey]