SHAWNEE -- On Saturday Sept. 29, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live!
This immensely successful program, in which the MGMoA will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.
Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media's mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year's event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year's Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants.
"We feel it is important to participate in Museum Day Live! and give people an opportunity to visit the museum for free. The MGMoA has participated in this event the past several years and we will continue to support programs such as this," said Dane Pollei, Director of the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.
As part of Museum Day Live!, visitors will get to view the exhibit Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist's Process: Oklahoma. This exhibit is unique in that its content was inspired by a documentary. The documentary Earth Chronicles Project, The Artist's Process: Oklahoma, which premiered at the MGMoA in March 2012, features diverse artists who share a passionate relationship to their cultures and the environment.
This exhibition explores the art of the documentary producer, environmental artist and curator of the exhibition, Fran Hardy, whose featured artworks were inspired by her travels around Oklahoma while shooting the documentary. Additional Oklahoma artists featured in the film and exhibit include Katherine Liontas-Warren, Jack Bryan, Grace Grothaus, Kim Baker, Dr. Ian Thompson, Sue Folsom, and Jeri Redcorn. Through their art, each of these artists reveals what Oklahoma means to them.