Eloquent Craftsman: Tom Manhart and His Students

Friday, October 6, 2017 (All day) to Friday, October 27, 2017 (All day)

This is a retrospective of the work of Tom Manhart , Professor of Art at the University of Tulsa School of Art and many of his students. The exhibit, opening First Friday (Oct 6, 6-9pm, at Living Arts) will run simultaneously with a companion exhibit at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery (Opening Thurs, Oct 5, 2935 E 5th St, Tulsa). 


Tom Manhart earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tulsa in 1959 then continued his education through a summer session at the University of Hawaii in 1961. From 1955 to 1961, Manhart taught youth and adult classes at the Philbrook Art Center. In 1961, he was appointed to the University of Tulsa faculty. He later earned his Master of Arts from the University in 1968 specializing in ceramics and contemporary American decorative arts. He continued to teach at the University of Tulsa for the next several decades serving as Associate Professor of Art, and eventually served as Professor of Art and Chair of the art program. In 1987, the Philbrook Museum of Art published the catalogue "The Eloquent Object: The Evolution of American Art in Craft Media Since 1945," which he edited with his wife and artist Marcia Manhart. Manhart served as the Guest Co-Curator-in-Charge for "The Eloquent Object" international touring exhibition through the Philbrook Museum of art which was exhibited from 1987 to 1990. For his work with "The Eloquent Object," he received the Ninth George Wittenborn Memorial Award from the Art Libraries Society of North America. In 1989, Manhart was the recipient of the Harwelden Award for Individual Contributions to the Arts and Humanities. Manhart exhibited his own ceramic sculptures and pottery across the midwest in numerous one-person and group exhibitions.

Participating Artists:

Linda Allen

Ruth Armstrong

Dale Bates

Janice Bawden

Bryce Brimer

Cynthia Brown

Kevin Byrne

Frank Campbell

Ed Davidson

Bill Derrevere

Anita Fields

Dana Gilpin

Carter Hall

Janet Hasegawa

Walter Heath

Richard Hensley

Doug Jeppesen

Jerri Jones

Kreg Kallenberger

Steve Liggett

Jane Lyon (Duenner)

Marcia Manhart

Alejandro Marino

Olivia Marino

Thomas Marrinson

John Owen

Brain Ransom

Nancy Resnick

Katherine Ross

Molly Seay

Mark Silvers

Brian Somers

Laurie Spencer

Joe Staskal

Linda Stilley

Judy Stone-Nunneley

Barry Sullivan

Mike Teal 

Jeff Wells

John Wissinger