“Framing History: Highlights of the Oklahoma State Capitol Senate Collection” opens today at the OSU Museum of Art Postal Plaza Gallery.
The collection features artworks ranging from oil paintings and watercolors to sculptures, but the unifying theme is the collection of frames that surround the pieces.
Former State Sen. Charles R. Ford, president of the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, established this collection of historic and modern pieces.
Ford also collected many frames to match the tone and historic perspective of the artwork.
“It serves as a valuable resource, sharing the history and culture of Oklahoma while also celebrating the process of making art and telling stories,” said Victoria Rowe Berry, director of the OSU Museum of Art.
The Postal Plaza Gallery opened in January after three years of planning, organization and renovation.
“We applaud former Sen. Charles R. Ford for his leadership in establishing the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund,” said OSU President Burns Hargis.
“During OSU Museum of Art’s inaugural year, we are thrilled to have the support and encouragement of Ford and our Art Advisory Council,” Hargis said.
“We celebrate the artists who, with a stroke of paint, capture stories as well as create an impression of a historic event,” Berry said. “The frames that surround the paintings — works of art themselves — provide an opportunity to focus our attention on each individual piece.”
Berry said the frames create a window into a historical event.
“Just as a window frame structures what we see as we look through a window, the frame of a painting shapes the story within,” Berry said.
After the exhibition leaves the Postal Plaza Gallery, the Oklahoma Senate Collection will be transferred into the state’s records and will not travel again.