Bank of America is a long-time, dedicated supporter of Gilcrease Museum, with a particular commitment to making sure area school children have the opportunity to explore the museum. Through Bank of America’s generosity, tens of thousands of students have had the opportunity to visit Gilcrease with their classmates at little to no cost to their schools.
Bank of America continues its generous giving by awarding Gilcrease $15,000 to support additional student visits in 2018, providing new opportunities for them to learn about iconic American artists, our nation’s history, Native cultures and more.
Understanding the value of the arts and culture to a community, Bank of America also sponsors the Museums on Us program, which provides Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit cardholders free general admission on the first full weekend of every month, so they can experience more than 200 of the country’s most prominent cultural institutions across 123 cities in 35 states. The program brings new audiences to participating organizations.
“Our Museums on Us program aims to make a direct impact by rewarding our cardholders with a valuable benefit, while supporting cultural institutions like Gilcrease,” said Bill Lissau, Oklahoma State and Tulsa Market President for Bank of America. “Bank of America is one of the world’s leading corporate supporters of arts organizations, with diverse programming geared toward creating greater access to the arts and helping local economies thrive.”
Bank of America has invested in Gilcrease by adding to its collection as well. Gilcrease is fortunate to be the repository of not only amazing art, but in some cases, the artists’ personal effects and studio contents that provide unparalleled insight into artists’ processes, their work, personalities and the evolution of their careers.
Recently, Bank of America gifted Gilcrease a painting, The Bronco Rider by Olaf Wieghorst, that had been on loan to the museum since 1995. The painting joins the artist’s studio collection, which contains more than 500 items, including completed paintings, unfinished works, Native American artifacts and personal effects given to Gilcrease Museum by Wieghorst’s widow in 1988.
“The arts create the fabric that binds our community together in many different ways,” said Lissau. “While The Bronco Rider was acquired during our merger with Boatman’s Bank, we took a holistic look at where it could best serve the community and determined its highest purpose was to be with the Gilcrease’s permanent collection.”
Wieghorst’s works are in fine company at Gilcrease, with work by related artists such as Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and George Catlin, also known for depicting horses and idyllic scenes of the American West. The museum is also home to other significant artists’ studio collections that include finished works, artist’s studies and personal effects from correspondence and photographs to clothing to pottery used in compositions.
With deep collections representing various facets of an artist’s life, museum staff can better educate visitors of all ages on the importance of individual artists, their inspiration and the details of their lives.
“Gilcrease is proud to collaborate with Bank of America and grateful for its long-standing partnership that supports our mutual commitment to education,” said Susan Neal, executive director of Gilcrease Museum. “We look forward to working with Bank of America in increasing accessibility to art and culture in Tulsa for years to come.”