NORMAN — The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is offering free events to celebrate the opening of two American Indian art exhibitions from the James T. Bialac Collection.
Christy Vezolles, art appraiser and founder of Art Value LLC, will present a guest lecture at the art museum at 4 p.m. Thursday at the University of Oklahoma. Family Day is from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.
The new exhibits are from the James T. Bialac Collection.
As a young law student in Tucson, Ariz., in the late 1950s, James T. Bialac purchased his first kachina, leading to a lifelong interest in American Indian art. Along the way, he formed friendships with scores of artists, collectors and dealers, ultimately leading to a collection of more than 4,000 artworks, a news release from the museum stated.
Thursday's lecture, “James T. Bialac: A Lasting Legacy,” discusses the path Bialac took to become one of the foremost private collectors of American Indian art.
Vezolles is a senior accredited appraiser of fine arts and American Indian arts as designated by the American Society of Appraisers. She has served as a judge at many prestigious Indian Markets, including at the Heard Museum in Phoenix and at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Indian Market in Santa Fe, N.M. She writes regularly for Western Art Collector and Native Peoples magazines.
Events continue Nov. 18 with a Family Day, made possible with support from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. The museum will provide complimentary admission and hands-on art activities for all ages.
In March 2010, OU President David Boren announced the gift of more than 4,000 works from Bialac's private collection. The collection, worth several million dollars, represents indigenous cultures across North America, especially the Pueblos of the Southwest, the Navajo and tribes of the Northern and Southern Plains and the Southeast.
The exhibit of selected works from the Bialac collection opened Sept. 27 and is on display through Dec. 30.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located in the OU Arts District on the corner of Elm Avenue and Boyd Street, at 555 Elm Ave., on the OU campus.
Admission to the museum is free for OU students with a current student ID, military veterans, museum association members and children ages 5 and under. For others, it is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 6 to 17 years of age, and $2 for OU faculty/staff.
The museum is closed on Mondays and admission is complimentary on Tuesdays. For information, go online to www.ou.edu/fjjma or call 325-4938.
Exhibitions from the James T. Bialac Collection