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Smoke Over Oklahoma:
The Railroad Photographs of Preston George
How Railroads Tamed the Territory
July 7 – Sept. 3, 2018
Photographer Preston George became interested in the steam locomotives during the Great Depression, and captured black and white images using a Kodak camera. Eventually, he switched to a Graflex camera to photograph the trains as they cruised through Oklahoma. This exhibit came from the Oklahoma History Center.
Visitors learned how the railroad industry was vital to the cattle drives, and its connection to the Chisholm Trail. Numerous railroad lines traversed through Oklahoma – including the Frisco, the Katy and heavy duty locomotives from the Kansas City Southern and Santa Fe lines. The community of Duncan’s history is definitely connected to the railroad industry, which even today, promotes an active railroad organization and is home to the Rock Island 905 Historical Museum, located in nearby Fuqua Park. Longtime CTHC Association member Rick Duncan installed a working model railroad in the center of the room for the temporary exhibit. Rick has been collecting trains since he was five-years-old. He is also a member of the SouthWest Oklahoma Railroad Association (SWORA).
Tales from the Trail:
20 Years in Words and Pictures
May 24 – July 5, 2018
20th Anniversary of the Heritage Center
A retrospective look at the early years of the Heritage Center, through the eyes of reporters, photographers, travel columnists, celebrities and community members.
Curated from the museum’s archives, this exhibit of framed newspaper articles, photographs and art, provides guests with a look at the beginning of the Heritage Center. It includes art contributions, writings by students and more. What began as a small visitor center in 1998, is now an international destination for travelers from around the world. On April 25, 1998, a grand celebration occurred when the On The Chisholm Trail Bronze Monument was unveiled.
Since that opening, the facility has had three expansions, earned multiple awards for tourism, history contributions and education, and is now an Oklahoma Outstanding Attraction and a Top Ten Western Museum in the United States.
This show features the fiber artistry of award-winning Chickasaw artists, Tyra Shackleford and Margaret Roach Wheeler.
Ancient handwoven techniques, looms, artifacts, history, culture and family are the tools by which the two women produce award-winning art. While many women may spend their entire lives researching their family history, hoping to discover who they are, both Tyra and Margaret follow their cultural heritage and what inspires them.
Every piece they produce tells a story – their story.
Brown, who has published 16 books, isn’t new to the Heritage Center.
In May 2012, he exhibited his photography and a few of the books he’s authored.
This time he introduces a few of his personal journals and many of his poems will be on display.
Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, Brown lives in Wimberley, Texas, and frequently travels to the Sooner State for teaching purposes and performances. He has several family members who reside in the Cyril community and many of his photographs are from that area of Oklahoma. He served as Oklahoma Poet Laureate in 2013-14. Brown serves as the creative writing instructor for the Center’s program, “Saddle Up & Write” designed for area sixth-grade students and taught twice during each academic year.
Nov. 12 – Dec. 27, 2017
It was the first time for the award-winning Cotton County Art Council organization to have an exhibition at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
Featuring the art of Pattie Calfy, Traci Pennington, Sharon Wiley, Priscilla Pennington, Linda Moore, Lavonne High, LynneAdene Thompson,
Michelle Roberts, Judy Brannan, LaMonte Dolman and Bill Boyer. More than 80 pieces were in this show, including oil paintings, sculptures,
acrylic paintings, photography, mixed media, canvas prints and prints.
A traveling exhibit from Mid-America Arts Alliance,
“Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined”
Sept. 1 – Oct. 20, 2017
Westward expansion was one of the most transformational
elements in American life throughout the 19th Century.
Printed imagery played an important role in the dissemination
of knowledge and understanding about the West and those who inhabited it.
Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagine features 48 hand-colored
engravings and lithographs that explore these depictions and the influence artists had on the perception of the wild west.
The Louisiana Purchase (1803) set the stage for great exploration, discovery, migration and settlement, in addition to struggle and conflict.
Convinced that God wanted the country to extend to the Pacific coast—an idea called “Manifest Destiny”— scores of American citizens,
including painters and printmakers, moved west.
Guests had a chance to discover the history behind cowboy tools, their clothes and other necessary items they needed to do their jobs on the trail. During the Chisholm Trail 150th anniversary year, this exhibit was curated and displayed by our Executive Director, Stacy Cramer Moore. It featured large posters with elements of design from the fashion to the tools that cowboys used. Several pieces of art from the Garis Gallery of the American West collection
corresponded with the posters.
April 1 – May. 21, 2017
Expanding upon the ExhibitsUSA, Mid-America Arts Alliance traveling exhibit, which consists of 51 contemporary and vintage aprons, a dress and five aprons to try-on, dating from the 1900s through present, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center added several pieces to personalize the exhibit for guests who visit the facility. Added were two aprons from the collection of Julie McKinney, a master pie baker and former CTHC board member. Her aprons feature different years of the former event, Western Spirit Celebration. Additionally, new aprons were added, showing the trends of 2017; along with collections featuring vintage kitchen ware, an old wooden ironing board and antique sewing machine. Guests can also add their own memories of aprons on the custom-designed recipe cards and pin them to the clothesline.
Jan. 5 – Feb. 25, 2017
After studying history of the Chisholm Trail, Edmond, OK, artist, Jennifer Cocoma Hustis titled her exhibition, Symbiosis on the Chisholm Trail, to help kick off the 2017 year, which is also the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail cattle drives. Featuring many new works, along with some of her favorite pieces from recent years, Jennifer’s work is large, bold and thought-provoking. Duncan’s Nancy Litsch is a friend and collector of Jennifer’s work. She connected the Heritage Center with Jennifer and a pairing was made!
Curated from the Garis collection, this exhibition features 29 rare pieces of art – paintings, sketches and signed lithographs, highlighting the horse. Some of the pieces date to the 1920s by artists such as Tom Lovell and Frank Tenney Johnson or Gene Ware (1949 sketch); and works by famous Oklahomans, Will Sampson and Doc Tate Nevaquaya, while others are by living artists who created the pieces in the late 1960s to 1990s. They were selected from the vault of the Garis Gallery of the American West and have not been on display in at least a decade.
June 1 – August 12, 2016
Dramatic landscapes, cowboys, cowgirls and horses – all part of the everyday life on the historic working ranch of the R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Texas – captured through the lens of Kelli Brown. Originally from Nebraska, now a dedicated Texas cowgirl and co-owner with her husband, Donnell, of this ranch, we are excited to welcome Kelli for this summer exhibit. Kelli has studied under western master photographer, the late David Stoecklein. The ranch has also been featured by the Smithsonian. The history of the ranch will also be a part of this exhibit.
April 11 – May 25, 2016
Woodcarvers Rick Rodgers and Duane Paul, both of Duncan, OK, and Dick McGuire of Claremore, find beauty and inspiration in an uncut piece of wood. They say the wood ‘talks to them’ and guides their tools and knives for the final creation. Walking sticks, flutes, pull-toys, cradles and many more items, including home decor, all crafted from wood, made for a unique show. Larry Gillette, also of Duncan, creates abstract paintings that mimic the grain of wood. His newest works were on display.
Bison drawings and paintings dominate Dylan Cavin’s show this holiday season and his work is quickly finding its way into private collections of our members and visitors. Inspiration is found in Oklahoma wildlife, including quails, owls and the Longhorn. When painting people, he focuses on his Choctaw heritage and friends or fashion – for example, the painting of Gabby’s Basket (sold!) features the traditional Choctaw dress.
Dylan’s work was cover art of the July/August 2012 Oklahoma Today magazine. Since then, Dylan’s art has gained popularity across the country.
August 31, 2015 – October 31, 2015
Echoes of nature create a hymnal of inspiration for artist Christen Walden. Watercolor paintings of nests, leaves, birds – or even the intricacy of their wings – reveal the details few people see up close in nature. Details, like the lines and cracks in a dried leaf, or a pebbled bird egg shell, are brought to life through graphite sketching on paper and canvas with the help of a magnifying glass.
Christen resides in rural Oklahoma with her husband, Shawn, and her stepdaughter.
She teaches art appreciation at Cameron University-Duncan. She earned her B.A. in Art from Cameron University in 2003 and her M.F.A. in painting from Texas Woman’s University in 2008. She exhibits her artwork at the Davis and Blevins Gallery in Saint Jo, Texas, owned by Donna Howell-Sickles, known for her vibrant paintings of cowgirls. Donna’s work was exhibited at the Heritage Center in 2009.
June 12, 2015 - Aug. 11, 2015
In the early 1990s, the negative collection of photographer Gordon Gillingham was rediscovered in the Grand Ole Opry's storage. Thirty of those images were reprinted for this exhibition and highlight the joy of the Opry during 1952-60. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center's staff agrees that this exhibition is definitely a hit. Whether you love country music, photography or recall the "good old days" - this is one exhibit to visit with your friends and family.
ExhibitsUSA is a Mid-America Arts Alliance program.
March 23, 2015 - May 25, 2015
Cowboys and cattle stampede into graphic novel world
Every little boy has a dream and for Aaron Mallard, growing up in the Delta region of Arkansas, it was to be a comic book artist. Now a grown man, he’s finally seeing his dream realized and not quite in the way he imagined.
Mallard was commissioned by the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in late 2013 to create a new historically-accurate graphic novel based on the Chisholm Trail.
January 5, 2015 – March 13, 2015
Kachina dolls inspire artist to keep carving
During a visit to Santa Fe, N.M., in the 1980s, Mike Aguirre became fascinated with Kachina dolls he saw on exhibit. He began asking questions about their history and how they were created. He has since spent more than 30 years perfecting the craft. While not a Hopi, he respects and admires the culture and historical importance of Kachinas. His exhibit at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center was the second one to feature his work, which includes jewelry, knives honed, with blades carved from deer antlers, paintings and wire-crafted scorpions. He lived in Oklahoma for about 20 years, but is now a resident near Wichita, Kansas, where he lives with his wife, Carol.
September 15, 2014 - January 3, 2015
An Okie Reclaims His Roots Through Art
The Alva-born native, now 57, gained his love of history from his father, and his creative inquisitiveness from his mother. But art didn’t put him through school. It was basketball. It’s what paid the bills. (He’s 6’9”) - In recent years though, he’s found a way to do what he loves and manages to combine education, history, sport and art.
Western Installation: The Art of Jason Cytacki
An assistant professor of painting at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Cytacki’s work features a unique perspective into the iconic American cowboy. His work is larger than life, but the ideas began with small dioramas. Using GI Joes and scenes from old movies, Cytacki tapped into his creative reserves to shed new light on the cowboy culture. He earned his MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2011.
Oklahoma artist Robert Peterson’s art is inspirational. That’s something most artists want, but for Peterson, he is achieving that measure. “I want to inspire people to do better.”
His overnight success is the result of some not-so-great news delivered by a doctor, that was necessary to improve his quality of life. Before he left the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma, he stopped at the gift shop and bought an inexpensive art set.
“The Long Ride Home – The African American Experience in America” a photographic exhibition
Award winning photographer and Oklahoma native, Ron Tarver, has spent years documenting the life of the African American cowboy. Tarver wanted to show, through his imagery, that being an African American cowboy meant surviving discrimination, bigotry and prejudice. This exhibit was paired with the Center’s 2013 summer program, “Black Cowboy: Tall Tale or Top Hand.”
Kristen Vails loves horses and her work is indicative of that bond. Latex, acrylic and charcoal bring to life the movement of the horse based on Kristen’s childhood and adult connection.
Raised in Piedmont, Vails is a University of Oklahoma graduate.
Among her achievements, Gallery Coordinator for the Norman Firehouse Art Center and Executive Director of the Plaza District Association in Oklahoma City.