NORMAN — The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art used its Family Day to feature the work of Oklahoma-born artist Ed Ruscha and spur interest in fundraising efforts to buy a Ruscha painting.
Hands-on art activities for children on Sunday included drawings, airbrush paintings and postcards inspired by Ruscha. Students from the University of Oklahoma's School of Music and the School of Dance performed an original composition and choreography inspired by Ruscha's painting “No Man's Land.”
Family Day is held every other month at the museum.
The museum began a fundraising campaign last fall to acquire “No Man's Land,” a large work painted by Ruscha in 1990.
Ruscha, who lived in Oklahoma City during his youth, has become one of America's foremost living artists. He has been credited by art critics and collectors as one of the most important living artists of the pop art movement.
“No Man's Land” recalls the artist's youth in Oklahoma and his perceptions of the world outside the state.
The work is being offered to the museum for purchase and currently is on loan and on display at the museum.
Anyone wishing to donate to the campaign to purchase the painting should contact the museum at 325-3272.