Anne Morand, curator of art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, dies at age 61

Anne Morand served for three years as the curator of art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum before her death on Wednesday.
By Heather Warlick hwarlick@opubco.com Published: July 18, 2013
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After several weeks battling a brain aneurysm, Anne Morand, 61, curator of art at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, has died.

Morand died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at OU Medical Center, where she had been in treatment since the aneurysm. She suffered a stroke after the aneurysm was detected and Morand never regained consciousness. Her family surrounded her during her final weeks in intensive care; talking to her, holding her hand and keeping her company.

“She was great, she was always fun,” said David Morand, 30, of Tulsa, remembering growing up as her only child. “She's the reason I like Western art so much, I've always been around museums since I was little.”

Morand served as the museum's curator of art since March 2010. She'd spent 32 years in the museum industry, garnering national recognition with industry awards and as an author of several art books.

“She was very versatile in her knowledge of not just Western art but the history of Native American fine art as well,” said Mike Leslie, assistant director of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

It was the depth of her knowledge of Western and American Indian art, her versatility as a curator and her unique vision that made her stand out from other candidates for the position.

“She brought just a fresh way of looking at our permanent collection,” Leslie said.

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