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Robert L. Williams

by Joe R. Taylor

First Floor

Robert L. Williams by Joe R. Taylor
Photo by John Jernigan

The Artwork

Governor Robert L. Williams was responsible for the completion of Oklahoma's domeless capital and oversaw every detail. He believed the dome would be a "useless ornamentation" because he strongly wanted to stay within budget.

Robert L. Williams by Joseph Richard Taylor was a gift to the Capitol from the Robert L. Williams Estate. Taylor's sculptures are among the most prominent in the state, his sculpture of Dr. William Bennett Bizzell is in front of the library that bears his name at the University of Oklahoma

The Artist

Joseph Richard Taylor, was born February 1, 1907 in Wilbur, Washington, he grew up in Canada and died December 1, 2000 in Norman, Oklahoma. Taylor received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Taylor also studied at Columbia University for a short time in 1940. He started teaching at the University of Oklahoma in 1933 and held a David Ross Boyd Distinguished Professorship from 1963 until becoming Emeritus in 1971. After retiring he continued to create works of art in wood, bronze and stone. Taylor received the Governors Lifetime Service Award for excellence in the Arts in 1978. Taylor also owned and operated a ranch in Grady County, Oklahoma that raised purebred cattle.