Art speaks to us all. Art inspires us to share our culture, our talents and our inspirations. Art unites us in curiosity, appreciation and celebration. Gathering Place shares the same purpose of connecting Tulsans from all walks of life. The adventurous spirit and culture of Tulsa has always been inspired by the arts, constantly growing and changing with our city. The work of artists is willfully integrated into the tapestry of the Park and is constantly refreshed to provide new viewing opportunities for our guests, visit after visit.
Currently, we are working with Oklahoma artists as well as national and international artists from a variety of disciplines, on projects ranging from furniture to murals and sculptures. The Gathering Place experience would not be complete without the integration of public art.
Our first installation of Oklahoma art is being curated by Jennifer Scanlan, the Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary.
Below is a preview of the Oklahoma artists and projects currently in progress:
Chris Wollard is creating a sculpture that also functions as a misting device.
Tristan Vaught is designing and building a wood slab bench and fully upholstered piece for the ONEOK Boathouse.
Justin Baney is painting murals in the Chapman Adventure Playground rest areas.
Mark Dion and Jen Lewin are the first internationally recognized artists to display their work at Gathering Place.
Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge and the natural world. He is creating a space within the ONEOK Boathouse called the “Cabinet of Wonder,” a vast collection and arrangement of marvelous things, from the rare to the curious.
Lewin, a new media sculptor, specializes in large scale installations. Her work emphasizes engagement and play through the use of multisensory experiences. She is building a large, interactive glass and steel Edison Cloud chandelier for the Boathouse that will dynamically shift and change based on user movement.
If you are interested in submitting your work to Gathering Place for consideration, artists should email [email protected] and performers should email [email protected]. Check back for exciting news about our national and international artists to be released soon.