If you fancy roaming around a vast museum with works of art that cross boundaries. The Philbrook Museum of Art will give you the exhibits of American, Asian, European, African, and Native American artists. What makes it different is that all these artworks are found in acres of lush gardens. The artworks are housed in a historic 1920’s Italian style villa found in the middle of a 23-acre lush garden. The original structure used to be the home of the Oklahoma pioneer Waite Philips and his wife Genevieve (Elliott) Philips.
Masterpieces found at the Philbrook Museum of Art include the works of the following renowned artists: Arturo Herrera, Rachel Whiteread, Tanzio da Varallo, Charles Lolorna, Maria Martinez, Andrew Wyeth, William Merritt Chase, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Thomas Moran, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Drew, and Fritz Scholder.
Philbrook was able to expand through the educational programs that had been by the now-defunct Tulsa Art Association, starting with studio art classes first and followed by a touring program for children. The touring program was furthermore enhanced into a Children’s Museum which was established in 1949. This was doubled in size when 195 came.
The original collection of the museum started from those that were owned by the Tulsa Art Association and those artworks that originally belonged to Philbrook’s original furnishings. The corpus of artworks increased in time due to purchases and donations, with more emphasis on the latter. The museum continues the efforts of Tulsa Art Association which is to exhibit local and regional artists. The museum also established yearly competitions like The Indian Annual, The Oklahoma Annual, and the Tulsa Annual.
2727 S. Rockford Road, Tulsa, OK 74114