Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
G&A led the interpretive masterplan and feasibility study to re-vision the Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art (The Gilcrease). The interpretive masterplan and feasibility study will provide the framework for a significant, multiphase overhaul to the Museum’s visitor experience. The museum houses a comprehensive collection of the art, culture and history of North America. Thomas Gilcrease, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, established Gilcrease Museum in 1949 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today the interdisciplinary collection contains more than 350,000 items. The museum represents hundreds of Indigenous cultures from across North and South America, with material culture and archaeology ranging from 12,000 BCE to the 21st century. The collection includes more than 350 years of American paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including the largest public holdings of art of the American West.
We want to present Gilcrease for what it is …a gateway to and celebration of the human spirit, the evolution of our better selves and what can unlock: a new future for our visitors, our community and our city as a great cultural destination and experience.
Susan Neal | Gilcrease Museum Executive Director
By focusing the lens on three primary themes—Our American Landscape, Identities and Communities, and Encounters and Interactions—the collections themselves will tell the stories of our history and establish connections and relevance to our lives today.