In late August, sisters Dianna Whitehurst, Elizabeth Griffin, and Elaine Harman donated an untitled art piece to the Connors State College Native American Success and Cultural Center. The colored pencil drawing by renowned Native American artist Ruthe Blalock Jones, of Delaware-Shawnee-Peoria tribal lineage, will be housed in the Ken Ogdon Family Museum inside Russell Hall on the Warner Campus.
The drawing is from their mothers, Linia Harman, collection, who had always wanted the art to be displayed in a museum setting.
We are appreciative of the Ruthe Blalock Jones donation to the center, said Gwen Rodgers, Connors State College Title III Project Manager. The generosity of this family provides an opportunity for our students and community to see and reflect our local atmosphere rich in culture and heritage.
The Title III federal grant was awarded to Connors State in 2014 and supports Native American student success, along with online and hybrid course development. The museum will receive art, both purchased and donated, throughout September and will be open to the community in October.