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A Discussion with Laura Fry, the Newly Hired Curator of Art at the Gilcrease Museum

Gilcrease Museum
Aired on Thursday, March 3rd.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we get to know Laura Fry, who began her tenure as Curator of Art at the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa back in December. Fry previously worked at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington, where she was the inaugural Haub Curator of Western American Art. Prior to that post, she served at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming -- first as an education and curatorial assistant, then as a Frederic Remington research assistant. As Fry noted in a press release shortly after being hired by Gilcrease: "I am honored by the opportunity to work with the unparalleled collection of Gilcrease Museum. Some of my favorite artists are well-represented at Gilcrease, and there are incredible possibilities for new scholarship and new exhibitions." And further, as Fry explains on our program today, she looks forward to displaying many of the rarely-or-never-viewed Gilcrease treasures that have been tucked away from public view -- quite literally -- for decades. She speaks about the thrill of encountering (and uncovering!) such treasures with host Rich Fisher.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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