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Philbrook Debuts New Installation

Acclaimed Artist Sharon Louden Creates a Dazzling Display for Philbrook’s Zink Rotunda


March 11, 2019 (Tulsa, Okla.) — Philbrook Museum of Art has always been a great place for reflection and contemplation. That’s especially true now thanks to a new site-specific installation in the Zink Rotunda by acclaimed artist Sharon Louden, on view through the end of 2019.


Sharon Louden - Philbrook Museum of Art Tulsa, OK

Using highly reflective raw aluminum sheets along with colored aluminum strips, monofilament, steel screws, and glue, Louden and a dedicated group of artist installers created the work live in public view over the course of ten days.


This installation marks Louden’s first art installation in Oklahoma. Her work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Sienna Brown, Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art explains, “Sharon’s work dynamically responds to whatever is happening in the Rotunda. As people move through the space and the sun shifts, these will be physically reflected in the aluminum sheets. The audience’s experience of the installation will constantly change.”

The Zink Rotunda Exhibition Series began in 2017 with a yarn installation by Minneapolis-based artist HOTTEA and continued in 2018 with a textile installation by Tulsa Artist Fellow Rachel Hayes. The series brings a new contemporary artist to Philbrook each year to create a site-specific installation in the Museum’s Zink Rotunda

“Sharon resides at the busiest intersection of the art world itself, working as a curator, writer, thought leader, advocate, and most importantly, an artist,” said Philbrook Director Scott Stulen. “We are honored and excited to share her work at Philbrook.”

To celebrate the completion of the work and the public debut, Philbrook hosted an event called “Silver Social” in a nod to the installation materials. Philbrook Members and guests partied under the shimmering piece in an exclusive first-look at the creation. Sharon will return to Tulsa several times in 2019 for various programs related to her work.

“I feel tremendous gratitude and am honored to be a guest at Philbrook and in Tulsa. As a guest I like to listen, to absorb information and experiences by others. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing community for a short time through my work. I hope people will have a feeling of inclusion from my installation,” says artist Sharon Louden.




Title: Windows at Philbrook Museum of Art

Public Dates: March 1 – December 31, 2019

Location: Philbrook Museum of Art (2727 S. Rockford Rd.)



About Philbrook

Rooted in the beauty and architecture of an historic home gifted by the Phillips family more than 80 years ago, Philbrook Museum of Art has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums across the central United States. Highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection include Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Kress Foundation, one of the greatest surveys of Native American art anywhere, and growing modern and contemporary collections. The Philbrook American art collection includes, among others, works by William Merritt Chase, Alexandre Hogue, and Asher B. Durand.

The Philbrook main campus spans 25 acres of grounds and formal gardens, and features an historic home displaying the museum’s permanent collection, as well as an architectural addition with auditorium, restaurant, library, and education studios. The Museum’s satellite location, Philbrook Downtown, showcases Philbrook’s modern and contemporary art collections, as well as the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and Study Center of Native American art.

Philbrook Museum of Art is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Philbrook Downtown, 116 E. M.B. Brady St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. Philbrook admission runs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Members and youth 17 and younger are always free. Philbrook Downtown admission runs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Members and youth 17 and younger are always free.


About Sharon Louden

Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.

She graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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