The museum science and management program, a master’s degree program that provides training to students interested in pursuing careers in museums, historical agencies, archives, national parks and related institutions, is a direct result of the partnership between the university and Gilcrease. This graduate program provides not only a new field of study for TU scholars, but is helping to create the next generation of museum leaders who can be retained locally to further the mission at Gilcrease. To date, 28 students have graduated from the program with 15 currently enrolled in museum administration, fiscal management, collections care and research and museum education.
Five symposia have been hosted at the Helmerich Center for American Research bringing international scholars to Tulsa to share findings based on research in the Gilcrease collection alongside TU faculty. Since the inaugural symposium in March 2015 (The Gilcrease Archives: Unlocking the History of the Americas), speakers including Steven Inskeep, host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Fanella France, Ph.D., chief of Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress and David Penney, Ph.D., associate director for museum scholarship at the National Museum of the American Indian, have presented scholarly research. With two symposia each year, the events have brought national acclaim to the TU-Gilcrease partnership further launching Tulsa into arts and culture discussions around the world.
Step behind The Camera of Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell, New Kids in the Neighborhood, 1967, Look, May 16, 1967, Signed print, Norman Rockwell Collection, ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency. Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Media sponsorship has been provided by Curtis Licensing, a division of The Saturday Evening Post and the Norman Rockwell Family Agency.
This landmark exhibition sheds new light on Norman Rockwell’s art and artistry. As the first exhibition to explore in depth Rockwell’s richly detailed study photographs, created by the artist as references for his iconic paintings, you won’t want to miss this show!
Louis Lamone, photographer, Bill Scovill and Norman Rockwell, ca 1962, Inkjet print, Norman Rockwell Collection, ©Norman Rockwell Family Agency.
Through the passage of the Tulsa Vision tax extension, the opportunities for growth have never been brighter for Gilcrease. As the museum looks ahead to its transformation into a modern space that will better showcase its treasures to the world, its 10-year TU partnership will continue to be one of innovation and interdisciplinary scholarship and research.