About the Gallery
The Nesbitt Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma was established in June 1997 as the Science & Arts Art Gallery and rechristened in May 2012 to honor the family of Charles and Margôt Nesbitt, its most generous patrons. Charles Nesbitt (1921-2007) served as Oklahoma's 9th Attorney General (1963-67). Margôt Nesbitt served for many years as Reverend Canon for St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City before her retirement.
Pieces in the gallery's Permanent Collection include limited edition, original prints by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and James Whistler among others. Will Soule’s famous prints of captured American Indian chiefs imprisoned at Fort Sill are in the collection, along with rare photographs of the Oklahoma Land Run and Oklahoma City's birth.
The Nesbitt Gallery has the particular mission to promote the visual arts of the Central Oklahoma Region with a special concern for the expressions of the diverse cultures and the role that educators have played in forming those expressions. While its permanent collection is weighted to support this mission, it also contains other works of art both of historic and contemporary significance.
The gallery plays host to the Seven State Biennial , a highly competitive art competition held at Science & Arts. Taking place every other year, the Biennial supports more than 300 submissions from more than 100 artists and awards more than $11,000 in prizes.
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8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on school days
SPECIAL HOURS MAY BE ARRANGED FOR GROUPS.
Please contact 405-574-1374 for more information.
"Fancy Firewood" by Professor Emeritus Charles "Mike" Mather will feature 60 woodwork pieces and sculptures in a show-and-sale May 12-14. The show will run each day from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Half of the proceeds will go to the Mather Scholarship Fund at Science & Arts and the other half will help fund public art in the community.
Mather taught at Science & Arts from 1976-2010, retiring as Professor of Biology. The works represent a lifelong interest in woodworking for Mather, whose mother, aunt, and cousins were artists. According to Mather, he dabbled in pen and ink and watercolors, but he says his real interest turned out to be wood.