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Centennial birthday celebration set for artist Allan Houser at Norman museum

June 26, 2014

The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City



June 26--NORMAN -- The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host a birthday celebration at 2 p.m. Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed Oklahoma artist Allan Houser.

The free celebration will feature a tour of Houser works in the museum's permanent collection, a screening of an OETA "Gallery" feature presentation on the artist and a self-guided tour of related sculptures on the University of Oklahoma campus.

Refreshments will be provided, along with literature providing historical information about Houser's artistic and cultural legacy, while supplies last.

"This celebration is the culmination of a statewide focus on Allan Houser during the centennial year of his birth," said Susan Baley, the museum's director of education.

As the first collaboration of its kind in Oklahoma, she said, 12 institutions from across the state have come together to draw attention to the accomplishments of Houser, who was born near Apache on June 30, 1914. He died Aug. 22, 1994.

Houser, born Allan Capron Haozous, was an award-winning Chiricahua Apache modern artist whose works have appeared around the globe. In Oklahoma, Houser may be best known for his sculpture "As Long as the Waters Flow," which was dedicated at the state Capitol in 1989, and "Sacred Rain Arrow," which has adorned state license plates since 2008.

Saturday's event is being held in conjunction with "Celebrating Allan Houser: An Oklahoma Perspective," a statewide collaboration between 12 Oklahoma museums and cultural institutions in partnership with the Oklahoma Museums Association.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art participated with "Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition," which featured 100 drawings, the majority of which were on loan from Houser's estate in Santa Fe, N.M., and had never been exhibited or published.

The statewide recognition of Houser's artwork was assembled by the Oklahoma Museums Association and began in August with an exhibition at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Throughout 2014, nine other organizations will display Houser's works, including the Gilcrease and Philbrook museums in Tulsa, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Will Rogers Airport and the Oklahoma History Center.

To learn more

For more information about the Oklahoma celebration, go to www.OKHouser.org.

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