Art Museum reaching out to residents to locate work of former faculty member
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is reaching out to Norman residents for help locating pieces by a famous Oklahoma artist for a future exhibit.
The museum is asking the public and owners of private collections for help finding artwork by Oscar Brousse Jacobson, a famous Oklahoma artist and former OU art faculty member.
Museum curators have located about 150 of the more than 500 pieces Jacobson made, said Mark White, the Eugene B. Adkins Chief Curator at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. White is leading the effort of recovering the pieces.
Jacobson, one of the best-known artists in Oklahoma before World War II, sold much of his artwork to colleagues in Oklahoma, said White. The pieces remained in the hands of families, passed down through generations.
In 1936, Jacobson started an art museum that over time became the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, according to the museum’s website.
The retrospective collection will be the most comprehensive of Jacobson’s work and career to date, according to the website. Scheduled for 2015, the exhibit will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Jacobson’s employment and involvement with OU.