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February 19, 2014

Senate unveils paintings

NORMAN — The Oklahoma State Senate dedicated two paintings today in the Senate Chamber. The paintings are a project of the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund Inc., founded by retired Sen. Charles Ford, of Tulsa.

One of the paintings, titled “Wichita Mountains,” was done by Oscar Brousse Jacobson and sponsored by R.L. and Carlene Rollins. 

Jacobson joined the University of Oklahoma staff in 1915 and eventually oversaw the expansion of the School of Art and the creation of an art museum in 1936. He mentored Native American artists, including the famous “Kiowa Five.” He was made an honorary chief of the Kiowa tribe and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1949.

The other piece, titled “Three Forks on the Arkansas River,” was painted by Wayne Cooper and sponsored by the Clayton C. Taylor family.

Cooper was born in 1942 near Depew. Many museums, including the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, the Oklahoma Heritage Museum and the American Indian Museum in Catoosa exhibit his paintings and sculpture.

The two landscapes dedicated as part of the preservation project recognize the state’s natural beauty as well as its history.

Since the founding of the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund, more than $2 million in private funds have been raised and 140 paintings have been dedicated at the Capitol at no expense to taxpayers.

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