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E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Special Exhibits Gallery

The Gaylord Special Exhibit Gallery is host to revolving exhibits heralding Oklahoma's important citizens and rich heritage. Currently on display is the special exhibit Born to Freedom: Allan Houser Centennial.

Born to Freedom: Allan Houser Centennial

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser's birth, a first-ever, statewide collaboration of Oklahoma museums and cultural institutions is honoring his memory, works and legacy.

The Oklahoma History Center presents the exhibit "Born to Freedom: Allan Houser Centennial" as one of the institutions participating in the Houser celebration. The exhibit will run Tuesday, March 11 through December 31, 2014. The exhibit features sculptures composed of a variety of artistic media, watercolors, sketchbooks, and culturally significant historic treasures. Additionally the award-winning film "Unconquered: Allan Houser and the Legacy of One Apache Family" will be featured in the exhibit.

Allan Houser was a renowned Native American artist who gained prominence with his excellent artistic work throughout the 20th century. As a testament to his work his iconic sculpture "Sacred Rain Arrow" is featured on Oklahoma's license plates. Houser was born on June 30, 1914, on the family farm in Apache, Okla. His parents, Sam and Blossom Haozous, both Apache, were brought to Fort Sill as prisoners of war. Finally after 27 years of incarceration, the Fort Sill Apaches were released from imprisonment. Allan Capron Haozous, later to be known by Houser, was one of the first Apache children born into freedom.

For more information on celebrating Allan Houser with an Oklahoma perspective please visit www.okhouser.org. The "Born to Freedom: Allan Houser Centennial Exhibit" is sponsored in part by OPUBCO in conjunction with the Oklahoma Museums Association.