Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Fall 2013


Great Plains Quarterly 33:4 (Fall 2013).


Copyright © 2013 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska.


Beginning in the 1950s, Arizona collector James T. Bialac assembled an extensive and eclectic collection of Native American art, consisting of approximately 2,500 paintings and 1,500 kachina dolls, baskets, jewelry, pottery, and sculptures. The collection represents several regions, with particular strengths in the southwestern and southeastern United States and the Southern Plains. Produced by the University of Oklahoma in recognition of Bialac's donation of his collection to the university's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the catalogue provides an overview of this assemblage, featuring images of selected works and accompanying essays.

Following Mary Jo Watson's introduction, ''A Tradition of Appreciation: Native American Art at the University of Oklahoma," the catalogue consists of six essays primarily written by Oklahomabased writers: "James T. Bialac: A Lasting Legacy" by Christy Vezolles; "James T. Bialac and the Patronage of American Indian Art" by Mark Andrew White; "Native American Painting: Schools, Styles, and Movements" by Edwin L. Wade and Rennard Strickland; "Making Modem: Selected Paintings, Drawings, and Prints" by W. Jackson Rushing III; "Kachina Dolls: Tradition and Innovation" by Mark Andrew White; and "Outside the Frame: Three-Dimensional Art" by Christina E. Burke.