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Crumbo Spirit Talk - The Art of Woody Crumbo and His Children

"Half of my life passed in striving to complete the pictorial record of Indian history." -Woody Crumbo
“Crumbo Spirit Talk,” a new exhibit featuring the art of Woody Crumbo and his children is now on exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center.

Crumbo was born January 31, 1912, on his mother's allotment near Lexington, Oklahoma. A Citizen Potawatomi tribal member, he dedicated his life and talent to the sincere portrayal of American Indian thought and culture through his art. His prolific work included major advances in oil, silkscreen, tempera, pencil and watercolor. Crumbo's career spanned nearly six decades and his paintings are found in numerous museums and private collections around the world including that of the Queen of England.

Crumbo's legacy was realized in the continuing artwork of his daughter, Minisa Crumbo Halsey, and son, Woody Max Crumbo. Minisa Crumbo Halsey is a talented artist whose work has been shown throughout Europe and the Russian Federation. This exhibit features a retrospective of her work from the 1970s and 1980s. Woody Max Crumbo is a gifted silversmith; the exhibit also features several of his pieces including a concho belt and gorget necklace. The legacy of Woody Crumbo's art continues to impact current and future generations.

The exhibit will run from June 28, 2012 thru the end of 2013. It is located in the E. L. & Thelma Gaylord Special Exhibits Gallery on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Minisa Crumbo Halsey and the Oklahoma Historical Society. For more information please contact Tara Damron at (405) 522-0784 or by email at