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Oklahoma Art and Design

Hear the oral histories of Oklahoma's most influential arists, designers, and creators and learn how their lifetime of work and dedication shaped Oklahoma.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Charles Banks Wilson

Charles Banks Wilson

American Artist

Few other artists have become so identified with their state as Oklahoma’s Charles Banks Wilson. His artistic talent as a child was discovered while living in Miami, Oklahoma. He was …

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Charles Faudree

Charles Faudree

Interior Designer

While Charles Faudree was known worldwide, he was a Tulsa-based interior designer and philanthropist. He was best known as an expert in French Country décor and kept a shop and …

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Charles Ford

Charles Ford

State Senate Art Collection

Since the 1920’s Oklahoma’s history has been captured by Oklahoma artists and on display in the Oklahoma State Capitol. In recent decades the collection has expanded thanks to the efforts …

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Charles Ward

Charles Ward

WWII Veteran, Architect

Charles W. Ward is an award-winning architect who received the inspiration for his profession as a soldier in WWII while viewing the Reims Cathedral from a window in an attic. …

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Dave Whitlock

Dave Whitlock

Fly Fisherman

Dave Whitlock is a world-renowned fly fisherman and contributor of many articles, photos, and illustrations to the world’s top outdoor sports magazines. His first published piece was in Field & …

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David Easton

David Easton

Interior Designer and Architect

David Easton was one of the world’s most sought-after interior designers and architects. He was noted in the ’80s for his English-style houses, catering to a clientele with a taste …

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Doug Campbell

Doug Campbell

Interior Designer

Doug Campbell was born in Galveston, Texas, but moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of five with his family in 1952. The Campbells remained in the area and Doug …

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Enoch Kelly Haney

Enoch Kelly Haney

State Legislator, Seminole Chief, and Artist

The only full blood American Indian to serve in the Oklahoma Legislature, Enoch Kelly Haney was elected as a state legislator and a senator. He became the Vice Chair of …

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake

Dr. Bruce Howell

The seventy-fifth anniversary of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees is observed in 2015 thanks to a fourteen-year-old year old boy who had a vision of a dam while hauling lumber …

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Jay O’Meilia

Jay O’Meilia

Artist

Philip Jay O’Meilia was born in 1927 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Between military stints during WWII and Korea (serving as a Navy artist), he attended the Art Students League in New …

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John Brooks Walton

John Brooks Walton

Architect and Historian

John Brooks Walton is an Oklahoma born architect and architectural historian. Reared in Ponca City, he moved to Tulsa when he received his architecture degree and married Margaret (Mag) Alice …

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Minisa Crumbo Halsey

Minisa Crumbo Halsey

Native American artist

Woody Crumbo was born near Lexington, Oklahoma on January 31, 1912 as Woodrow Wilson Crumbo, on his Potawatomi mother’s tribal allotment of land. Unfortunately, by the time he was seven, …

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N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday

Writer, Artist, Teacher

N. Scott Momaday, an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, playwright, storyteller, artist and teacher, was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. He grew up in various communities in the Southwest. His parents, who …

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Robert L. Jones

Robert L. Jones

Architect

Born in McAlester, Oklahoma, Robert (Bob) Lawton Jones received one of the more elaborate educations in modernist design. It started when he decided to head out to Chicago, reasoning that …

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Russell Myers

Russell Myers

Cartoonist, Broom-Hilda

Russell Myers is best known for his newspaper comic strip “Broom-Hilda”. He was born in Pittsburgh, Kansas but the family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma when he was 7. He was …

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Thomas Gilcrease

Thomas Gilcrease

Oilman and Philanthropist

Born in 1890, Thomas Gilcrease was the oldest of fourteen children and learned the value of hard work early in his youth. As a boy, he loved to read—a hobby …

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