Today Tallgrass Art Gallery is honored to host the new volunteers for Gilcrease Museum. They are coming to Pawhuska to visit the Bronze Horse Foundry, see the incredible windows at Immaculate Conception Church and visit our gallery.
This started me thinking of how important the museums are that are within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Bartlesville and of course Pawhuska. The Gilcrease houses the largest and most comprehensive collections of Western Art in the world. Woolaroc, outside Bartlesville not only houses an outstanding art collection, but also tells the history of Native Americans in the region. The Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City, as well as the Marland Estate share their stories of Oklahoma's rich past. The Osage Tribal Museum in Pawhuska is the oldest tribaly owned museum in the U.S. We are so lucky to have all this at our disposal, and so close in proximity to Pawhuska and The Osage.
For me, the first museum I ever visited was the Philbrook in Tulsa, quickly followed by the Gilcrease. When I was a child, a museum was a place that brought the past to life and also inspired me to create art and a future. I was infatuated with mummies, so off to a museum we went.
Museums are often the repositories of the best humankind has created. Our shared experience is there in art, cultural exhibits and stories. I am constantly inspired by time spent in the presence of great things. If you haven't visited these great museums, plan a museum weekend. Make sure you take your children and start them on the incredible journey of art to enrich their lives and understand their past, and of course, show them a mummy.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery