I just got back from a wonderful visit with a lovely friend that recently moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The first thing that comes to mind regarding art when you think of Oklahoma is... nothing, right? Fortunately, I've been able to experience some of the best art that the state has to offer. From Picasso, to local Tulsa artists, you'll find it all in this city. Here's a short review of three kinds of art that I found during my stay:
If nothing else, come for the gorgeous house that the museum is housed in (which was clearly my favorite part of the entire experience). During my week-long stay in Tulsa, my three hours at Philbrook were the best of the trip. From Native American pottery to cubism, this museum has something for every person's tastes; I would give this place an 11/10 if I could. My advice would be to go on a cooler day in autumn and bring a blanket to sit on in the grass near the gardens after strolling through the museum. Chatting with a friend about your favorite pieces or journaling by yourself are absolutely perfect ways to end a visit to this museum.
If you're interested in learning more, visit here: https://philbrook.org/
The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa is something that I stumbled upon after visiting the famous "center of the universe" in the Brady Arts District. Upon walking in, I saw 4 different exhibitions by 4 very different and talented local artists. If you're wanting to know more about the local arts scene in Tulsa, this is an excellent place to start. The space the art is housed in is large, airy, and bright, which allows the art to shine. This is also a great local place to source from, as much of the art is on sale. There was an audience driven exhibition on display during certain times during my stay; If you're planning to come in advance, I would first check to see if there are any performances or interactive exhibitions going on during your trip to make the most of your visit.
To learn more about AHHA Tulsa, visit here: https://ahhatulsa.org/
The brady arts and blue dome districts are seeped in history and are situated right outside of old downtown (whose art deco architecture deserves an entire post itself). There is no physical address for any of the murals because they're everywhere. If you're looking for your next instagram post, come here and you won't be disappointed. Murals are something that I would love to incorporate more into my work, so seeing all of these beautiful walls was inspiring. Be sure to take a friend (or a selfie stick) and take many pictures along the way!
I was pleasantly surprised with my visit to Tulsa and the inspiration that I found while there. I would love to go back and visit on a First Friday where all of the exhibitions downtown are open late! Where are some of your favorite spots to visit?
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