Contemporary Art Gallery is housed in an adobe-style building reminiscent of old Santa Fe. The gallery showcases artwork by talented established and emerging Oklahoma artists with diverse styles ranging from classic and representational to abstract.
Opening in 1945, the collection includes paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, with strengths in European and American art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Artists represented include Alexander Calder, Gustave Courbet and Ellsworth Kelly.
The Betty Price Gallery, located on the 1st floor of the Oklahoma State Capitol, houses the Oklahoma State Art Collection. The collection is a visual anthology of the history of artistic expression in Oklahoma.
In 1938 Waite Phillips surprised Tulsans with the announcement of his gift of the 72-room mansion and surrounding 23 acres of grounds as an art center for the city of Tulsa. It now hosts a permanent collection that spans both centuries and the globe.
Founded in 1919, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is one of the oldest museums in the state of Oklahoma. The museum's permanent collections span Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects, and art from the Renaissance through the early 20th century.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located on the University of Oklahoma campus. WIth a collection of over 16 000 objects, the museum hosts important touring exhibitions along with showing its permanent collection.
The dream of oil baron E.W. Marland was to live in a palace. Completed in 1928, this magnificent mansion reflects the elegance of the affluent days of the oil baron. Its vast rooms and sumptuous Italianate interiors can be seen by guided tour.
Tulsa Historical Society offer guided tours of the city: guests are taken through the central business district and learn more about the history and architecture of many buildings. Tours include the interior of many buildings.
This 1903 three-story Chateauesque home is replete with original furnishings, hand-painted canvas walls, stained glass windows and lavish fixtures. It stands as a tribute to one of Oklahoma City's remarkable families, and can be seen by guided tour.
The Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City first opened in 1911, yet its third tower was not added until 1930. An extensive refurbishment has seen the interior restored to its former grandeur, and it has just introduced an artist in residence scheme.
When the Colcord Building was completed in 1910, at 12 stories, it was the first skyscraper in Oklahoma City. Built in the Chicago School style, the building's trademark elegance and historic architectural elements have been maintained by renovation in 2006.
Opened in 1929 as a temporary base for oil barons whilst they waited for their homes to be completed, the ten storey Ambassador Hotel maintains the glory of old. Its recent complete redesign has remained sympathetic to its European-style interiors.
Located in a stunning, architecturally-commissioned building, Cafe 501 offers stylish modern surroundings for its contemporary cuisine. The menu is inspired by the chefs’ diverse travels around the globe.
Ludivine is a firm advocate of farm-to-table dining, believing that the menu starts with the producers. They work closely with local ranches and farmers to produce a contemporary menu that is seasonal and inspired, and has garnered rave reviews.
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Oklahoma is perhaps most famous for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
which shares its name, but the culture of the state is far more profound. It
reflects the melting pot character of Oklahoma; many cultures have flourished here through the centuries and there is still evidence of Native
American, Mexican and Asian influences. The state is also a significant part of
the ‘Bible Belt’ and as such religion is woven into the tapestry of everyday life.
Oklahoma’s literary output is extremely rich and the state has served as
inspiration and setting for some of the most celebrated works in American
literature. These works include Barbara Kingsolver’s Pigs in Heaven,
John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Toni Morrison’s Paradise.
Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath depicts Oklahoma in the time of the Great
Depression, when ‘Okies’ were struggling to survive in the Dust Bowl of
The nature of the state is immortalized in Washington Irving’s A Tour on
the Prairies whilst John Joseph Mathews’ Wah'Kon-Tah: Osage and the White Man's Road deals
with the relations between Native American’s and the American settlers who
Oklahoma has been the setting for a variety of films, the most famous of
which is, of course, the film version of the musical Oklahoma! Another Oklahoma film, Far and Away, portrays the state in the time of the pioneers who
settled in the state in the early years of America.
Garth Brooks, an Oklahoma native, is one of the most popular artists
in the American country music scene whilst the state has also been home to Jazz
icon Chet Baker and indie band The Flaming Lips.