NORMAN — Oscar Jacobson was a prolific artist who was hired by the University of Oklahoma in 1915. Much of his work is in public galleries but many paintings are in private collections and are unknown to academics who study Jacobson’s work.
Prof. Jacobson was the only member of the art faculty when he was hired and he eventually oversaw the creation of a museum that eventually would become OU’s Fred Jones Jr., Museum of Art.
The museum is asking the public’s help in tracking down and creating a database of Prof. Jacobson’s work. It will be part of the university’s centennial celebration of Professor Jacobson’s appointment.
It’s likely many of Prof. Jacobson’s works are in Oklahoma homes, offices and schools.
Mark White, the Eugene B. Adkins professor and Chief Curator at the FJJMA, is coordinating the Jacobson catalog effort.
He encourages collectors to participate in the project by contacting the museum at 405-325-3450.