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Woolaroc Announces Major Acquisition to the Museum Collection

Posted: June 18, 2018

In the fall of 2013, Woolaroc hosted their first national art show at the museum called “Lewis & Clark, Corps of Discovery.”   The show featured 100 paintings by the artist Charles Fritz as he followed the actual journals of Lewis & Clark and painted what they actually encountered.  

Providing another perspective to the art of Fritz was an incredible collection of bronzes by the sculptor Richard Greeves who has called the Shoshone/Blackfoot reservation in Wyoming his home for the last 35+ years.   Greeves sculpture pieces show how this incredible journey by Lewis & Clark was viewed by the Indians which they encountered on their expedition across the western half of the United States.

Among the 50+ works at the 2013 show by Greeves stood one magnificent piece, a seven-foot tall sculpture titled “Bird Woman” portraying the image of Sacagawea.   Born in 1788 and the daughter of a Shoshone chief, Sacagawea served as a vital guide and interpreter to Lewis & Clark from 1805-1806.  She was the only woman on the Lewis & Clark expedition to the west coast.

Woolaroc is proud to announce that they have acquired this wonderful bronze and it is now a permanent piece of their storied collection.  “This is a terrific addition to our collection,” said Frank Phillips Foundation CEO Bob Fraser.  “This piece not only fits perfectly with the story that we are telling at Woolaroc, it is a forever reminder of that first national show in 2013 that helped energize a renaissance for our museum.”  Woolaroc Museum Director Shiloh Thurman announced, “the Richard Greeves piece has been received and is prominently located in Gallery 3 of the museum so that every visitor to the museum can see it….we are proud to be able to add it to our collection.”

Woolaroc is on the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C. and is located on Highway 123 twelve miles SW of Bartlesville.   For more information about Woolaroc, visit www.woolaroc.org.

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