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Philbrook Spreading Its Wings: Tulsa Art Museum Opens Satellite Space in Brady District

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Philbrook Spreading Its Wings: Tulsa Art Museum Opens Satellite Space in Brady District

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Philbrook Downtown, a satellite space in the fashionable Brady Arts District that is an expansion of the original 23-acre main museum campus in midtown Tulsa, held a preview event on Thursday.

The public opening, set for June 14, is part of the vision to introduce the Philbrook Museum of Art to a wider audience, said Philbrook Director Rand Suffolk.

"This is expanding our footprint," Suffolk said. "This is like Philbrook Version 2.0 as we reach out to the community in new and exciting ways."

Philbrook Downtown will have 12 preview days for museum members June 2-13.

The move to the Brady Arts District allows the Philbrook to allocate significant additional gallery space to the American Indian and growing modern and contemporary art collections, said Thomas Young, Philbrook librarian and assistant registrar.

Suffolk would not disclose what Philbrook officials think will be the size of the audience in the first year.

"This is all new territory for us," Suffolk said. "But, given the transformation that is occurring here in the district, with all the other organizations building here, we are seeing the area reach a critical mass."

The Brady Arts District has blossomed over the past five years as businesses have opened and parks have sprung up. It started with the building of Oneok Field, home to the Tulsa Drillers, the Class AA baseball club of the Major League Baseball Colorado Rockies.

The main Philbrook campus draws 150,000 visitors a year, said Tricia Milford-Hoyt, director of communications for Philbrook.

"With this move, we are aggressively moving forward," Milford- Hoyt said. "But we do not know what to expect this first year."

The initial interest is expected to cause the numbers to spike, so Philbrook officials will look at trends over the first three to five years to gauge how popular the facility will become, Milford- Hoyt said. …

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