Student curating: Lora Webb on Willard Stone

My honors project for the Spring semester was to come up with a display of Native American art for the Ketchum House, which is the Native American living group of OSU.  After careful consideration of the location and semi-permanent nature of the display, the artwork of Willard Stone was chosen to be displayed The project involved not only research, making labels and handling the art in the collection but also overcoming a number of logistical problems.  It took a lot of cooperation from many individuals for this display to come together and coordinating everyone was probably the most difficult part of the project.

Lora with art registrar Topher Lundell, installing work by Willard Stone

The really enjoyable parts of this project involved some sort of discovery.  For instance, the piece Faith was uninteresting to me until I discovered that the sculpture includes Willard Stone’s disfigured hand.  There were also many far more mundane discoveries that were nonetheless thrilling, like discovering that the key for the glass case (which I had been told may be non-existent) had been found.

Willard Stone, "Faith," 1974, bronze. Gardiner Permanent Art Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Bartlett

I learned a lot by working on this project and got a taste for the many challenges that an exhibit organizer has to overcome to create a something worthy of being seen.  In the end, I think that an interesting display of Native American artwork was created that will hopefully enrich the time students spend in the Ketchum House.

Lora Webb, an art history major, completed her honors project curating an installation of the work of Willard Stone in the Ketchum House in the summer of 2010.


About osucurator

Louise Siddons is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and founding curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She maintains this blog as a record of her students' work with the Museum's permanent collection as well as more generally with topics related to museum studies.
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2 Responses to Student curating: Lora Webb on Willard Stone

  1. walter adams says:

    Project on Willard Stone very interesting. Could you find out if he ever painted native american children portraits? I have three such paintings with the name “STONE” on them and am trying to find information concerning them. Thank you. Walter

    • osucurator says:

      It looks like you’ve already asked on the forum I was going to recommend — — since family members are on there and they are probably your best bet for an answer. It is, of course, almost impossible to identify artworks without seeing them (ideally in person). If you’re anywhere near Tulsa, the Gilcrease is probably your best museum resource. You could try contacting them directly.

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