Internationally known artist Alexandra Alaupovic, a longtime Oklahoma City resident whose work is included in the Oklahoma State Art Collection, died Wednesday. She was 91.
She was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Podravska Slatina, Croatia, to Elizabeta and Joseph Vrbanic.
She entered the Academy of Visual Arts in Zagreb in 1944.
In the late 1950s, Alaupovic came to the United States with her husband, Petar, a research scientist, when he got a job at the University of Illinois.
In 1960, the couple moved so her husband could take a job with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, where he celebrated his 50th anniversary in early 2011.
Alaupovic enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, where she learned welding, won the 1964 Oscar Jacobson Award for her sculpture “Moon Girl” and earned her master of fine arts degree. She started her teaching career at OU, then spent several years as an art professor at Oklahoma City University.
In 1964, she and her husband became U.S. citizens in a ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City.
Her work is contained in many public and private collections in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Croatia, France, Japan and Argentina.
Locally, she is known for her Bart Conner sculpture at Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center at OU, Amelia Earhart bust at Science Museum Oklahoma, Henry Overholser bust at Overholser Mansion, “The Tree of Life” at Mercy Medical Center and her torch sculpture at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years; her daughter Betsy Alaupovic Hyde of Oklahoma City; and two grandsons, Homer Clark Hyde, of Chicago, and Robert Alexander Hyde and his wife, Mary, of Cleveland, Ohio.
The family suggests that contributions be made in her memory to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
Services are private.