Curated and managed by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the State Art Collection contains works created by artists with Oklahoma connections. The works encompass the period from statehood to present day and include ceramics, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculptures and fiber art. Nearly 100 works of the Collection are exhibited in the Betty Price Gallery located on the first floor, west wing of the State Capitol. Open every day of the week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., admission is free and open to the public.
In conjunction with the Collection's establishment in 1971, the State Art Collection Committee was founded to review and approve all proposals for new acquisitions into the Collection. Comprised of leading art authorities from various regions of the state, the Committee shares the commitment of the Collection's mission, which is to acquire and preserve a Collection that reflects the most important aesthetic achievements of the visual arts by artists who have a connection to our state.
Artwork is acquired through donation only. Any entity, group or individual may submit a proposal to the Committee for the review and approval. No artwork is accepted into the Collection on a short or long-term loan basis. All works in the Collection are owned by the State of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Arts Council acts as trustee of the Collection.
Guidelines and Standards for Artwork
Factors taken into consideration in the approval of new acquisitions include, but is not limited to: artist's connection to the state; artistic excellence and artistic merit of the artwork; and, cohesiveness in relation to other comparable works within the Collection in size, style, theme and general appearance.
Submissions of Proposals
For artwork to be considered by the Committee, the following materials must be submitted in writing to the Chair of the State Art Collection, preferably on CD or via e-mail:
Donor's contact information;
Artist, title, medium, date, and dimensions of artwork;
High-resolution photograph(s) of the artwork;
Provenance (history of acquisition or purchase of the artwork); and,
Any additional information of the exhibition and history of the artwork.
Submission of a proposal does not guarantee the acceptance of artwork. If a donated work is approved, all parties must comply with the complete guidelines for new acquisitions, outlined in the Oklahoma Arts Council and State Art Collection Committee policies.
For additional information, please contact the Oklahoma Arts Council at (405) 521-2931.
Proposals should be submitted to
Chair, State Art Collection Committee
c/o Oklahoma Arts Council
Director of Visual Arts and Capitol Collections
P.O. Box 52001-2001
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2001