NORMAN — Lunchtime programs and a bi-monthly family series return for the spring semester at the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The complimentary events begin in January to kick off an exciting year at the museum.
Art After Noon begins 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21. The monthly 30-minute discussions acquaint visitors with landscape paintings from the museum’s permanent collection.
The series opens with a discussion of Maurice Prendergast’s South Side Hills. Other works examined throughout the semester include paintings by Thomas Moran, Paul Gauguin and Irving K. Manoir. Visitors to Art After Noon are encouraged to bring their lunch; dessert and drinks will be provided.
Family Days, generously supported by MidFirst Bank, return to Sunday afternoons at the museum every other month, starting in January. Visitors can explore the museum’s current exhibitions and enjoy hands-on art activities for the entire family. The program is 1-4 p.m. Jan. 26 and features the 100th Annual School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition.
Tuesday Noon Concerts, a weekly series of 30-minute concerts performed by OU music students and faculty, continues this spring. The complimentary weekly concert series begins at noon Jan. 28 in the museum’s Sandy Bell Gallery. The concerts will be each Tuesday through April 15.
Music professor Paula Conlon opens the series Jan. 28 with a Native American Flute concert. The next week is a violin performance by professor Hal Grossman’s violin studio. Additional concerts in the spring feature a variety of different genres, including a computer music studio, viola, percussion, flute and piano. The series closes on April 15 with a performance by Gaye LeBlanc’s harp studio.
The complete schedule of Art After Noon, Family Days and Tuesday Noon Concerts is available on the museum website at www.ou.edu/fjjma. Gallery talks follow select Tuesday Noon Concerts at 12:30 p.m.; the full spring calendar for the museum also is available on the website.