Collection to be honored at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
A symposium will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in honor of the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection.
The symposium will consist of a discussion by Native American artists included in the Bialac Collection and will address the current issues that affect the community, scholarship and market of Native American art.
The collection, donated by Bialac, features more than 4,000 works of art from tribes across North America. The Bialac collection, according to a press release, consists of about 2,600 paintings and paper-based works, including 1,000 kachinas (carved doll-like figures) and 100 pieces of jewelry.
The Pueblos, Navajo, Hopi and many tribes of the Northern and Southern Plains and the Southeastern tribes are represented in the multi-million dollar collection. Some of the artists represented include Fred Kabotie, Joe Herrera, Patrick DesJarlait, Helen Hardin and Chiricahua Apache Houser, whose Sacred Rain Arrow sculpture is depicted on Oklahoma state license plates.
“[Bialac’s] first requirement was education and the use of the collection for this purpose,” Ghislain d’Humières, the Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, said in a press release. “We hope the community will join us for an exciting celebration of Mr. Bialac’s lifetime collection and his contribution to the university and the state of Oklahoma.”