Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education is open to the public

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, located at 124 E. Brady, opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, May 15, with an open house from noon to 6 p.m.

The Zarrow Center is a dynamic arts anchor serving The University of Tulsa’s School of Art, Division of Lifelong Learning and Gilcrease Museum. The three-story Zarrow Center spans 18,000 square feet and has been renovated to include classrooms, art studios, gallery space and a reception area for public and private events.

"The Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education is a shining example of what TU values most: ideas, innovation and community spirit," said TU President Steadman Upham. "We are delighted to serve the arts world through our academic programs and our partnership with Gilcrease Museum and to enrich Tulsa with a cultural presence in this dynamic neighborhood just blocks from where Henry Zarrow spent much of his childhood."

The first floor features gallery space where the public can enjoy exhibits in a social setting. Throughout the year, temporary exhibits of artwork from Gilcrease Museum's permanent collection will be featured as well as TU student art exhibitions. The second floor includes four classrooms, where TU instructors, Gilcrease Museum educational staff and guest teachers will provide arts education. The third floor features studio space to serve TU's Master of Fine Arts program, making the site a living laboratory of artistic expression for resident talents and visiting professionals.

Additionally, the Zarrow Center will provide working space for advanced graphic design students. Housed here will be Third Floor Design, a TU student-operated graphic design enterprise that produces pro bono promotional materials for nonprofit arts and social service agencies. Created in 1994, the student agency matches TU arts students with Tulsa's nonprofit organizations where they learn the rewards of volunteerism while earning academic credit.

The current exhibition is "Landscapes From the Brush of Thomas Moran," which will be on display through Jan. 2, 2013.

The Zarrow Center is part of the renovation project of the former Tulsa Paper Company building, made possible by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. TU’s Zarrow Center is the first of several arts groups that will occupy the renovated warehouse. Others set to open in the fall and in 2013 include: Philbrook’s Adkins Center and MA&D, Brady Craft Alliance and the Woody Guthrie Archives.

For more information, please visit www.utulsa.edu/zarrow, or call 918-631-4401. Zarrow Center gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Extended summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) include Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

About The University of Tulsa

The University of Tulsa is a forward-thinking, private university where dedication, excellence, commitment and integrity are central to our mission. In its vibrant urban environment, TU offers a diversity of learning experiences, a balance between career preparation and liberal education, teaching and research, and endeavors to instill in its students an understanding that stature as an individual and value as a member of society depend upon continual learning. For more information, please visit www.utulsa.edu or call 918-631-2000.

About Gilcrease Museum

Gilcrease Museum, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West, including an unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, as well as thousands of historical documents, maps and manuscripts. Gilcrease Museum’s charm, beauty and art collections draw thousands of visitors from around the world to the Osage Hills just northwest of downtown Tulsa for a glimpse into America’s past. The museum is owned by the City of Tulsa, which has partnered with The University of Tulsa to steward the museum. Visit the museum’s website for hours of operation and admission information: gilcrease.utulsa.edu or call 918-596-2700.

Mona Chamberlin