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University of Oklahoma art museum director takes position at Kentucky museum

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma has gone a number of changes in the six years since director Ghislain d'Humieres came aboard. But the most obvious is simply that there's more of it.
by Silas Allen Modified: July 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm •  Published: July 4, 2013

OU's art museum took a step last year toward becoming more accessible. Last December, the museum announced it would offer free admission every day, thanks to a $60,000 gift from the OU athletic department.

In the past, the museum had offered free admission on Tuesdays and certain weekends. On those days, the museum saw a 50 percent increase in its attendance.

In the six months since the museum began offering free admission, attendance has grown each month. By the end of the year, d'Humieres hopes to see attendance double. Offering free admission allows the museum to be a greater asset not just to OU, but to Norman and the larger Oklahoma City area.

There's no perfect formula for what a 21st century museum should be, d'Humieres said. It depends largely on what the community needs and wants. But a museum should generally be accessible and serve to educate the community, he said.

“It's a combination of a lot of things,” he said.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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