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Cathy O’Donnell was different from everyone else. Had she not been, no one would have paid to watch her on the silver screen. And watch moviegoers did – from her first film, 1946’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture “The Best Years of Our Lives,” to her last, 1959’s Best Picture winner “Ben Hur.”

Actor Farley Granger, who co-starred with O’Donnell in two film noir classics, wrote in his memoir that she “was very different from anyone I’d ever met: lovely, shy, wistful and ethereal.” She wasn’t pretty in the Hollywood sense, but she had an enchanting presence, and the fairy-tale life she led began long before Hollywood. To begin with, Cathy wasn’t her real name.

At the 1946 Academy Awards: Olivia de Havilland, Harold Russell, Cathy O’Donnell and Anne BaxterShe was born Ann Steely on July 6, 1923 in Siluria, an Alabama mill village near Birmingham and a far cry from the glamour of Hollywood. Her family moved to Oklahoma City when she was 12, where young Ann attended Harding Junior High School and Classen High School before studying stenography for a year at Hill’s Business. She worked as a secretary for the army induction center but had aspirations of acting, stemming from the days when her father, a school teacher by day, operated the local theater by night – giving the kids ample chances to get lost watching news reels, cartoons, war movies and westerns.

Eventually, the adventurous Ann Steely quit her day job and took acting classes at Oklahoma City University, becoming an occasional feature in student productions. She told her brother Joe she hadn’t liked “office work,” calling it “torture” and dramatically adding she’d have died if she’d had to stay in it much longer.

But acting quickly became something she took very seriously – she soon decided to leave Oklahoma City, and in 1944 went to Los Angeles to meet David O. Selznick in Hollywood. She’d sent a letter and picture to the producer and received a quick reply. When Steely arrived in California, she met with Selznick’s casting director, who promised to arrange an audition. But while she was waiting, she got her big break: whether or not she actually met agent Ben Medford at the lunch counter in Schwab’s drugstore as legend has it, he introduced her to the great star-maker Samuel Goldwyn.

“All the daydreams I had as a little girl are coming true.” - Cathy O’Donnell to Kyle Crichton, 1948

A glamorous Cathy O'Donnell

Despite her Midwestern awkwardness, she impressed Goldwyn enough for him to arrange a screen test. He then signed Steely to a contract, determined to make the would-be starlet into an ingénue. She studied acting, ballet and diction at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, and was soon hired to a touring production of “Life With Father.” She begged Goldwyn to arrange her casting in Tennessee Williams’ “You Touched Me” instead and to adopt the new name “Lark”; Goldwyn was reportedly unimpressed by both suggestions, and convinced her to change her first name to Cathy and “Steely” to the Irish surname of “O’Donnell.”

After a stint in “Little Women” and an uncredited film debut as a nightclub extra, “Miss O’Donnell” was cast in 1946’s “The Best Years of Our Lives,” in which she played Wilma Cameron opposite real-life handicapped veteran Harold Russell. She didn’t know it, but the film’s director, William Wyler, had seen and been impressed by her performance in “Life With Father.”

At the 1946 Academy Awards, O’Donnell proudly accepted Fredric March’s Best Actor award for his work in “The Best Years of Our Lives” – the film also garnered awards for Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actress (Olivia de Havilland), Best Supporting Actress (Anne Baxter) and Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell)... and a radiant O’Donnell was in the midst of it all.

O’Donnell with brother Joe Seely; she began work as a secretary at the army induction center at the time her brother entered the military during WWII.Her followup roles included “They Live By Night” (1948) opposite Farley Granger, and she was slated to appear with him again alongside David Niven and Teresa Wright in “Enchantment” – but she was dropped from the project when she eloped with William Wyler’s older brother Robert.

“My uncle fell in love with Cathy during ‘The Best Years,’” explains niece Catherine Wyler. “He was always crazy about her, but my family was quite surprised when they married because of the age difference. Uncle Robert was a sweet, lovely guy, but he was my father’s ‘less celebrated’ brother. He always served as my father’s confidante. He did re-writes and associate-produced on a lot of scripts for William Wyler films.”

At the time of the new couple’s nuptials, Goldwyn was still smarting from the desertion of William Wyler – who, upon completion of his pre-war contract, left to join with Frank Capra and George Stevens in the independent production company Liberty Films. Wyler had become one of Goldwyn’s “cash cows,” as “The Best Years of Our Lives” grossed $11.3 million – so for Goldwyn, Wyler’s abandonment was both personal and professional. Granger wrote in his memoir, “Goldwyn took this situation personally and said Willy Wyler had put his brother up to marrying Cathy.” Granger later told his “Strangers on a Train” co-star Laura Elliott that O’Donnell had married Wyler to spite Goldwyn, who told O’Donnell “she would never work again.” Certainly all ties between O’Donnell and Goldwyn were permanently severed, but O’Donnell did finally get that interview with Selznick; she promptly signed with him, re-teaming in 1950 with Granger in another film noir classic: “Side Street.”

Over the next decade, O’Donnell appeared in “Detective Story” (primarily, as she said at the time, “because William [Wyler] was producing and directing”), “Roman Holiday,” the cult horror classic “Terror in the Haunted House” and the epic “Ben Hur,” in which she played Charlton Heston’s sister Tirzah.

By the end of the 1950s, O’Donnell was a fashion icon, both on- and off-screen. For more than a decade she had been photographed for, and profiled in, publications such as The American Magazine and Picture Show, Picturegoer, Redbook, The Sunday News, Screenland, Movie Album, Motion Picture and Snappy Shots.

She then appeared on television a few times, making her last episodic appearance on “Bonanza” in 1964, but mainly enjoying the comfortable and ordinary domestic life into which she and Robert had settled. Their comfortably sized California ranch home, designed by famous builder Robert Byrd, was on Wetherly Drive just above the Sunset Strip. Niece Kathy Steely explains, “I also recall visiting Aunt Ann/Cathy’s house in West Hollywood. We always joked that because the landscaping was tiered, she had a two-story back yard.”

O’Donnell first became ill around this time. “She had tell-tale signs of cancer,” says Catherine Wyler, “and hadn’t done anything about it, and by time she got to the doctor, it was too far advanced.”

In looking back to the time of their aunt’s illness, Donnell’s nieces and her nephew reflect on how well they knew their aunt. “Since Aunt Ann/Cathy lived so far away in California, and we were in Oklahoma,” recalls Kathy Steely, who was only 12 at the time of O’Donnell’s passing. “We didn’t see her much, but I was in awe of having a ‘movie star’ aunt!”

“As children growing up, we did feel special having a ‘movie star’ aunt,” concurs David Steely. He adds his aunt must have sensed his musical ability – he had played the guitar since age 11 – because she “once gave me several of her poems as lyrics to any music I might write.”

Shortly thereafter, “She phoned my father,” David Steely recalls, “and said, ‘There’s a new movie being made that calls for several children. Would you consider letting the kids audition?’ and my father said, ‘Absolutely under no circumstances whatsoever would I remotely consider that!’ The movie was ‘The Sound of Music.’”

In Rome for the filming of  “Ben Hur”: Robert Wyler, Cathy O’Donnell, James D. Zellerbach (U.S. ambassador to Rome) and Charlton HestonEven if O’Donnell’s plans had come to fruition, one glitch would have been that her brother-in-law William Wyler dropped out of directing the film. Melanie Wyler says “Cathy O. knew about auditions for ‘The Sound of Music’ because my father was originally slated to direct that film. But he pulled out of the project because, given his background and Jewish heritage, he couldn’t, in his words, ‘make a movie about singing Nazis.’”

Cathy O’Donnell finally died from complications due to cancer at the age of 46, on her 22nd wedding anniversary. Throughout her lengthy illness, she drew strength from her faith, having converted to Catholicism after coming to Hollywood. Catherine Wyler remembers, “Cathy O. became Catholic after her marriage to my uncle, and I recall my because my parents jokingly saying a Catholic convert’s more ‘Catholic’ than the Pope. She was very devout, though my uncle and father were secular Jews. Catholicism gave Cathy O. more romance and drama.”

Even with all the credits to her name, O’Donnell didn’t consider herself a huge success. Catherine Wyler remembers that “She wasn’t very satisfied with her career because there were a lot of ‘B’ movies.” Nonetheless, of Donnell’s 17 films, all in starring/featured roles, seven are classic film-noir/quasi-noir, making her a major contributor to that genre.

“I remember Cathy O. as a very lovely, quiet, sweet person,” remembers Sheldon. Catherine Wyler concurs, adding, “But, she wasn’t practical; she liked to live in a dream world, and she always thought of herself as a young woman.”

Funeral services for O’Donnell were held in Forest Lawn on April 11, 1970. Her obituary described her as “a resident of Oklahoma City during the early 1940s” and “the wife of a motion picture executive.”

Ann Steely’s journey from Oklahoma City to Hollywood had been a long one, and was the stuff of which dreams are made.

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Where:
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View map »


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View map »


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Cost: Free with Admission

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Cost: Regular museum admission

Where:
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
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Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Cost: Free

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View map »


Sponsor: [Artspace] at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
Contact Name: Rebecca Bloodworth
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Cost: Admission

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Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
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Mattress Firm stores in OKC are hosting a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ donation drives. School supplies and monetary contributions will be accepted to help...

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 Belle Isle Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73118
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Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
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Artists: Apply to be part of our first installment of Guerrilla Art Park - an outdoor sculpture exhibition near our Showroom on the site of our future arts campus. We are accepting submissions now...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Telephone: 405-604-0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City is coming to Oklahoma City! Get to know the large-scale installation inside and out as a volunteer for this “utopian city in the sky” during its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Campbell Art Park
1146 N Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405-951-0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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The Roof Terrace bar and live music season is back with a jammin’ music lineup. Check out the lineup of musical performers for this season on the website!

Cost: $5

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, AL  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405-236-3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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Innocent misunderstandings, polite little fibs and deliberate deceptions fill this fiendishly clever French adaptation presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.

Where:
Shakespeare on Paseo
2920 Paseo
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.235.3700
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The Pollard kicks off a new season with a love story that's not about romance - the title lady is a dog, whose presence and affection may just just what her new owner needs.

Where:
Pollard Theatre
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
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They don't just teach, these instructors in OU's award-winning program have generated arresting works in sculpture, photography, printmaking and other media for guests to view and evaluate.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
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Telephone: 405.325.3272
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Crank it up on the south side with a musical blast.

Where:
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S Eastern
OKC, OK  73149
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Telephone: 866.977.6849
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How big is a big snake - 2, 5, 10 feet? Think 48 feet long, bigger than a school bus, and then get ready to meet it in this traveling Smithsonian exhibition of a massive creature from prehistoric...

Where:
Sam Noble Museum
2401 Chautauqua
Norman, OK  73072
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Telephone: 325.4712
Website »

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The FAI hosts a collection of wonders painted by local artist James Daniel Gaar.

Where:
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
27 E Edwards
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405.340.4481
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Self-billed as the best listening room in Oklahoma, it certainly has some of the best music - check online for updates.

Where:
The Blue Door
2805 N McKinley
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.524.0738
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Join OKC's boys of summer as they take their home diamond for the final time this regular season, hosting Memphis.

Where:
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S Mickey Mantle
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.218.1000
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Metro, meet Opolis - you'll make beautiful music together. Check online for updates.

Where:
The Opolis
113 N Crawford
Norman, OK  73069
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The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Free lunchtime serenades to sonically spice up your Thursdays.

Where:
Downtown Library
300 Park
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.231.8650
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Live music from a rotation of local artists adds a little festive fuel to the Museum's weekly rooftop party, featuring a cash bar and gallery tours.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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Progress is a process, and change doesn't always happen overnight - but it can happen. Jewel Box Theatre opens its 59th performing season with a crowd-selected classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK
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Telephone: 405.521.1786
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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host this exhibition exploring the labor force that built the railroad, and delving into the diversity of the American West in the 1860s, by...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 405.478.2225
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains. This original exhibition includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern...

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

More information

Visitors to the exhibition will experience the full scope of Matisse’s extraordinary career through nearly fifty of his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, dating from the late...

Cost: Regular museum admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405-236-3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
Website »

More information

Mattress Firm stores in OKC are hosting a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ donation drives. School supplies and monetary contributions will be accepted to help...

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 Belle Isle Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73118
View map »


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Website »

More information

This exhibit is a dialog beginning with a poet’s voice and an artist’s remix and response. You are invited to this collaborative exhibition in hopes you will discover something hidden.

Cost: Free

Where:
[Artspace] at Untitled
1 NE 3rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
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Sponsor: [Artspace] at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
Contact Name: Rebecca Bloodworth
Website »

More information

Artists: Apply to be part of our first installment of Guerrilla Art Park - an outdoor sculpture exhibition near our Showroom on the site of our future arts campus. We are accepting submissions now...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Telephone: 405-604-0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City is coming to Oklahoma City! Get to know the large-scale installation inside and out as a volunteer for this “utopian city in the sky” during its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Campbell Art Park
1146 N Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405-951-0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Cost: $10

Where:
UCO Jazz Lab
100 E 5th st
Edmond, OK  73034
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Telephone: 405.974.3375
Website »

More information

The Pollard kicks off a new season with a love story that's not about romance - the title lady is a dog, whose presence and affection may just just what her new owner needs.

Where:
Pollard Theatre
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

Progress is a process, and change doesn't always happen overnight - but it can happen. Jewel Box Theatre opens its 59th performing season with a crowd-selected classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

Innocent misunderstandings, polite little fibs and deliberate deceptions fill this fiendishly clever French adaptation presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.

Where:
Shakespeare on Paseo
2920 Paseo
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.235.3700
Website »

More information

A massive collection of fantasy and sci-fi merchandise and fun, with special guests including two Doctors, stars from Babylon 5, Farscape, Fringe and much more.

Where:
Cox Center
1 Myriad Gardens
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

More than 2 dozen beers, deliciously hearty cuisine und a steady flow of entertainment and camaraderie make this annual tradition utterly fantastisch.

Where:
Choctaw Creek Park
1900 S Harper
Choctaw, OK  73020
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Telephone: 405.390.8647
Website »

More information

Live music, cold drinks, free admission - and the wares of about three dozen restaurants on wheels. Tell your palate it's time to play ball.

Where:
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S Mickey Mantle
OKC, OK  73104
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Telephone: 405.218.2115
Website »

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Experts from across the state weave a completely engrossing exhibition of fiber-based art in a juried competition judged by the renowned Kay Khan.

Where:
IAO Gallery
706 W Sheridan
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 232.6060
Website »

More information

Freeze frame! The Paseo's annual photographic exhibition is back, juried for 2016 by local expert Ann Sherman, and remains an excellent means to appreciate the medium's potential for...

Where:
Paseo Art Space
3022 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
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Telephone: 405.525.2688
Website »

More information

By turns filled with screwball comedy and touching contemplation, this play portrays a hard-working woman managing a car dealership whose ship - er, vehicle - might just have come in.

Where:
Carpenter Square Theater
800 W Main
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.232.6500
Website »

More information

How big is a big snake - 2, 5, 10 feet? Think 48 feet long, bigger than a school bus, and then get ready to meet it in this traveling Smithsonian exhibition of a massive creature from prehistoric...

Where:
Sam Noble Museum
2401 Chautauqua
Norman, OK  73072
View map »


Telephone: 325.4712
Website »

More information

The historic arts district's name means stroll, which happens to be the preferred form of locomotion while taking in its wonders during a monthly display of arts and culture.

Where:
Paseo Arts District
3022 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
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Telephone: 405.525.2688
Website »

More information

The visually engaging Paseo gallery hosts a collection of new photography by Carl Shortt II and acrylic paintings by resident artist Sue Hale.

Where:
In Your Eye Gallery
3005 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
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Telephone: 405.525.2161
Website »

More information

They don't just teach, these instructors in OU's award-winning program have generated arresting works in sculpture, photography, printmaking and other media for guests to view and evaluate.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

The community art space in the Paseo welcomes an engrossing show from local art star Ginnie Baer.

Where:
The Project Box
3003 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
View map »


Telephone: 405.609.3969
Website »

More information

The FAI hosts a collection of wonders painted by local artist James Daniel Gaar.

Where:
Fine Arts Institute of Edmond
27 E Edwards
Edmond, OK  73034
View map »


Telephone: 405.340.4481
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host this exhibition exploring the labor force that built the railroad, and delving into the diversity of the American West in the 1860s, by...

Cost: Free with Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »


Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 405.478.2225
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

More information

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will host Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains. This original exhibition includes nine headdresses from Northern and Southern...

Cost: Admission

Where:
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
1700 N.E. 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »


Sponsor: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Telephone: 918-858-4680
Contact Name: Lacey Boone
Website »

More information

Visitors to the exhibition will experience the full scope of Matisse’s extraordinary career through nearly fifty of his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, dating from the late...

Cost: Regular museum admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Telephone: 405-236-3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
Website »

More information

Mattress Firm stores in OKC are hosting a school supply drive, the third of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ donation drives. School supplies and monetary contributions will be accepted to help...

Where:
Mattress Firm
1710 Belle Isle Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73118
View map »


Sponsor: Mattress Firm Foster Kids
Website »

More information

This exhibit is a dialog beginning with a poet’s voice and an artist’s remix and response. You are invited to this collaborative exhibition in hopes you will discover something hidden.

Cost: Free

Where:
[Artspace] at Untitled
1 NE 3rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73104
View map »


Sponsor: [Artspace] at Untitled
Telephone: 405-815-9995
Contact Name: Rebecca Bloodworth
Website »

More information

Artists: Apply to be part of our first installment of Guerrilla Art Park - an outdoor sculpture exhibition near our Showroom on the site of our future arts campus. We are accepting submissions now...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary's Showroom
1146 N. Broadway Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
Telephone: 405-604-0042
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City is coming to Oklahoma City! Get to know the large-scale installation inside and out as a volunteer for this “utopian city in the sky” during its...

Cost: Free

Where:
Campbell Art Park
1146 N Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405-951-0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
Website »

More information

Cost: $10

Where:
UCO Jazz Lab
100 E 5th st
Edmond, OK  73034
View map »


Telephone: 405.974.3375

More information

Progress is a process, and change doesn't always happen overnight - but it can happen. Jewel Box Theatre opens its 59th performing season with a crowd-selected classic.

Where:
Jewel Box Theater
3700 N Walker
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.521.1786
Website »

More information

More than 2 dozen beers, deliciously hearty cuisine und a steady flow of entertainment and camaraderie make this annual tradition utterly fantastisch.

Where:
Choctaw Creek Park
1900 S Harper
Choctaw, OK  73020
View map »


Telephone: 405.390.8647
Website »

More information

Metro, meet Opolis - you'll make beautiful music together. Check online for updates.

Where:
The Opolis
113 N Crawford
Norman, OK  73069
View map »


Website »

More information

A massive collection of fantasy and sci-fi merchandise and fun, with special guests including two Doctors, stars from Babylon 5, Farscape, Fringe and much more.

Where:
Cox Center
1 Myriad Gardens
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

The visually engaging Paseo gallery hosts a collection of new photography by Carl Shortt II and acrylic paintings by resident artist Sue Hale.

Where:
In Your Eye Gallery
3005 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
View map »


Telephone: 405.525.2161
Website »

More information

The OKC Museum of Art screens overlooked treasures and unsung independent films.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 405.236.3100
Website »

More information

Experts from across the state weave a completely engrossing exhibition of fiber-based art in a juried competition judged by the renowned Kay Khan.

Where:
IAO Gallery
706 W Sheridan
OKC, OK  73102
View map »


Telephone: 232.6060
Website »

More information

They don't just teach, these instructors in OU's award-winning program have generated arresting works in sculpture, photography, printmaking and other media for guests to view and evaluate.

Where:
Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art
555 Elm
Norman, OK  73019
View map »


Telephone: 405.325.3272
Website »

More information

How big is a big snake - 2, 5, 10 feet? Think 48 feet long, bigger than a school bus, and then get ready to meet it in this traveling Smithsonian exhibition of a massive creature from prehistoric...

Where:
Sam Noble Museum
2401 Chautauqua
Norman, OK  73072
View map »


Telephone: 325.4712
Website »

More information

The Pollard kicks off a new season with a love story that's not about romance - the title lady is a dog, whose presence and affection may just just what her new owner needs.

Where:
Pollard Theatre
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.282.2800
Website »

More information

By turns filled with screwball comedy and touching contemplation, this play portrays a hard-working woman managing a car dealership whose ship - er, vehicle - might just have come in.

Where:
Carpenter Square Theater
800 W Main
OKC, OK  73106
View map »


Telephone: 405.232.6500
Website »

More information

Freeze frame! The Paseo's annual photographic exhibition is back, juried for 2016 by local expert Ann Sherman, and remains an excellent means to appreciate the medium's potential for...

Where:
Paseo Art Space
3022 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
View map »


Telephone: 405.525.2688
Website »

More information

Innocent misunderstandings, polite little fibs and deliberate deceptions fill this fiendishly clever French adaptation presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.

Where:
Shakespeare on Paseo
2920 Paseo
OKC, OK
View map »


Telephone: 405.235.3700
Website »

More information

The street is closed so the district can open visitors' eyes to the pleasures of its local bars, restaurants and retail - along with food trucks, music beer and free fun throughout the day.

Where:
4200 Western
OKC, OK  73118
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Website »

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The Cowboys line up to hold their ground against the Lions in the season opener.

Where:
Boone Pickens Stadium
700 W Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK  74075
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Telephone: 877.255.4678
Website »

More information

The community art space in the Paseo welcomes an engrossing show from local art star Ginnie Baer.

Where:
The Project Box
3003 Paseo
OKC, OK  73103
View map »


Telephone: 405.609.3969
Website »

More information

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