Explore Shawnee's Dynamic Arts

Updated: Sep 15

From incredible fine art galleries and studios, to contemplative public art installations and multi-dimensional art-related events, art lovers will want to visit Shawnee. Here is a virtual guide to some of the Red Bud city’s best artistic expressions:

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is one of the oldest museums in the state of Oklahoma. It showcases the founder's collections of artistic and ethnological objects of value from his travels to Europe, Africa and South America. The featured object is the Egyptian Mummy, Tutu. MGMoA features traveling exhibits and art classes all year long!

In The Arts @ 317 and Inspire galleries downtown, you'll find a wide variety of artistic styles. Special events are held for exhibits. Classes are also held for budding artists to craft their skill and style!

Public art displays include the painted horses and multiple murals. More than three dozen painted horses dot Shawnee. Designed by mostly local artists, the horses creatively showcase Shawnee's history and prominent places in history.

The murals capture the beauty of downtown thus, most murals are downtown. Take a stroll downtown to discover the great things in and learn of the unique history of the city of Shawnee.

If performance art is more your style, Shawnee has both theatre and a thriving live music scene. OBU Theatre presents performances ranging from contemporary to traditional. The Shawnee Little Theatre typically presents four shows per season also raging from well known titles to eclectic. Watch the Events Calendar for performance dates.

Live music in Shawnee ranges from orchestral and jazz performances by OBU students to contemporary. Local bands frequent numerous bars and restaurants. The Ritz puts on a variety of shows ranging from jazz to rock, comedians and popular tribute bands. National artist's tours stop at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center and Firelake Arena!

Start planning your visit to Shawnee to explore it through these experiences and events!


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