Woolaroc Museum will present in the Bunkhouse Gallery through the 2010 holiday season, 'The Light That Never Was…” , an exhibition of  paintings of Oscar B. Jacobson from private collections and the holdings of Woolaroc Museum.   This wonderful exhibit brings together for the first time some of the finest pieces of the Jacobson collection.

Oscar Brousse Jacobson (1882-1966) emigrated to Lindsborg, Kansas, from Sweden in 1890. He studied at Bethany College, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1908. He continued his studies at the Louvre in Paris, in Sweden, and in Denmark. In 1916 he received a master of fine arts degree at Yale University and in 1941 a doctorate of fine arts from Bethany College in Lindsborg. He served as director of the School of Art at the University of Oklahoma from 1915 until 1954. He and his wife, Jeanne d'Ucel, had three children.

Jacobson's name is synonymous with early-twentieth-century art in Oklahoma. He tirelessly promoted all arts to the young state. One genre, traditional Plains Indian art, is now inexorably bound to him and to the University of Oklahoma. Because Jacobson held Indian people in good regard and treated them with respect, he became their champion and mentor. In the late 1920s he and Professor Edith Mahier, also of the OU art school, worked with a small group of five Kiowa men and briefly with one Kiowa woman. These artists, known as the 'Kiowa Five' and their style became world famous and have always been associated with Oscar B. Jacobson. In addition, he founded the Association of Oklahoma Artists and formally advised the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project for Oklahoma in the 1930s.

A prolific painter of Southwestern landscapes, Jacobson loved to paint the mountains near his summer home in Colorado. Each spring after the OU commencement exercises were completed, the artist would load his family into the car and head west, where he would 'do nothing but paint things people haven't messed up'. His work was exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, where he won numerous awards, including a Gold Medal at the 1931 Mid-Western Exhibition at the Kansas City Art Institute Invitational. He was made an honorary chief of the Kiowa tribe and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1949. He lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at the Chicago Art Institute, and at more than fifty universities and colleges. His works are held by, among others, Woolaroc Museum, the Jacobson Gallery in Norman, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman.

Woolaroc is located on State Highway 123, 12 miles SW of Bartlesville.   It is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (closed Monday and Tuesday).   Admission to Woolaroc is $8 for adults, $6 for 65+ and children 11 and under are free.

Nora Wegener

Executive Assistant to the President

Bartlesville Development Corporation

Bartlesville Convention and Visitors Bureau

P.O. Box 2366 - 201 SW Keeler Ave

Bartlesville, Ok  74005

918.337.8086/Fax 918.337.0216