Works of art located on the fourth floor of the Oklahoma State Capitol are listed below alphabetically by title.
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher by Mitsuno Ishii ReedyAda Lois Sipuel Fisher was a leading activist, attorney, and educator who opened higher education to African-American students in Oklahoma and laid the foundation for the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Albert Comstock Hamlin 1881-1912 by Simmie KnoxA. C. Hamlin, Republican, was the first African-American elected to the Oklahoma State Legislature. He was elected in 1908.
Benjamin Harrison Hill 1904-1971 by Simmie KnoxBenjamin Harrison Hill, Democrat, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1968.
Carl Albert by Charles Banks WilsonBorn in McAlester in 1908, Carl Albert was elected the 46th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971, the highest elected office ever held by an Oklahoman.
Dr. Angie Debo by Charles Banks WilsonDr. Angie Debo was a leading scholar of Indian and Oklahoma history. Her nine books serve as a cornerstone of American Indian scholarship, and her research is frequently cited as evidence in present-day federal court cases involving tribal land rights.
Edward P. McCabe, 1850-1923 by Simmie KnoxEdward P. McCabe established the City of Langston, an all black community, and the Langston Herald newspaper.
Jim Thorpe by Charles Banks WilsonJacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe is considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. This Sac and Fox Indian from Oklahoma won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon and was called "the greatest athlete in the world" by Sweden's King Gustav V.
Miss Alice Robertson by Mike WimmerIn 1920, Alice Mary Robertson became the second woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives when she defeated the three-term incumbent William W. Hastings, in Oklahoma's Second Congressional District.
Mrs. Lamar Looney by Mike WimmerOklahoma’s first female Senator was born Mirabeau Lamar Cole on January 16, 1871, in Alabama.
President Teddy Roosevelt Signing Statehood Proclamation by Mike Wimmer“Oklahoma is now a state,” declared Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, as he signed the statehood proclamation at 10:16 o’clock on the morning of November 16, 1907.
Pro Patria by Thomas Gilbert WhitePro Patria by Thomas Gilbert White was commissioned by Bartlesville oil man Frank Phillips to commemorate the tragedies and triumphs of World War I.
Pro Patria: The State Guards the Memory of Her Dead by Thomas Gilbert WhitePro Patria by Thomas Gilbert White was commissioned by Bartlesville oil man Frank Phillips to commemorate the tragedies and triumphs of World War I.
Pro Patria: The State Mourns the Memory of Her Dead by Thomas Gilbert WhitePro Patria by Thomas Gilbert White was commissioned by Bartlesville oil man Frank Phillips to commemorate the tragedies and triumphs of World War I.
Ralph Ellison by Tracey HarrisThis painting of Ralph Ellison depicts the famous author in front of the Aldridge Theatre alongside playbills of the many jazz giants he watched perform there.
Rep. Bessie S. McColgin by Mike WimmerOklahoma’s first woman to serve in the Oklahoma House of Representatives was Amelia Elizabeth “Bessie” McColgin, a Republican from Rankin in western Oklahoma. She was elected in 1920 and served in the Eighth Legislature from 1920-21.
Robert S. Kerr by Charles Banks WilsonSen. Robert S. Kerr, Oklahoma’s homespun statesman, led a career that stretched from a log cabin near Ada to national leadership and immense business success.
Roscoe Dunjee, 1883-1965 by Simmie KnoxOklahoma journalist and publisher Roscoe Dunjee founded the nationally known Oklahoma City Black Dispatch newspaper in 1915 and shaped American history, serving as spokesman and leader in the civil rights movement.
Sequoyah by Charles Banks WilsonSequoyah is credited with the creation of the Cherokee syllabary, a group of 85 symbols used to notate the sounds of the Cherokee language.
Showers of Sunshine by Linda Tuma RobertsonShowers of Sunshine depicts a scene from the H.E. Bailey turnpike in Grady County that was authorized by the State Legislature in 1953. The original 86.4 miles opened in 1964, and the 8.2 mile extension connecting State Highway 9 to Norman was opened in 2001.
The Power of Hope by Enoch Kelly HaneyThe Power of Hope depicts a mother and child; the mother is strong in the face of adversity. She will always protect her child and meet whatever lies ahead with dignity and determination.
The Spirit of Heritage by Enoch Kelly HaneyThe Spirit of Heritage depicts an Indian mother carrying her infant in a cradle-board. The imagery is representative of the rich culture and traditions which strengthen and enrich not just the western tribes, but all of Oklahoma.
The Will to Live by Enoch Kelly HaneyThe Will to Live depicts a young warrior, and in the background of the relief is a buffalo, a native symbol of endurance. At one time, the buffalo was nearly extinct, but ultimately not only survived, but thrived.
Wiley Post by Mike WimmerWiley Post was from Maysville, Oklahoma, and during the 1930s became one of the world’s most famous pilots.
Will Rogers by Charles Banks WilsonKnown as Oklahoma's favorite son, Will Rogers was a cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, social commentator, and motion picture actor. He was one of the world's best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.
With the Vision of an Eagle by Enoch Kelly HaneyIn With the Vision of an Eagle depicts a tribal leader in the foreground and a soaring eagle placed behind him at eye level. The eagle is a symbol of vision, foresight and leadership, all of which are embodied in the depiction of the tribal leader in the forefront of the relief.
Woody Guthrie by Charles Banks WilsonSinger, songwriter, author and social activist, Woody Guthrie was America’s first true folk hero.