Lawton, Oklahoma
Address
620 SW D Ave
Lawton, OK 73501
Hours
Monday - Saturday 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Admissions
free of charge
Museum Type(s)
Art
Staff
Nancy Anderson, Executive Director
phone: 580-357-9526
Description

Bring Art to Southwest Oklahoma. It was formed as a Foundation with a working gallery by Leslie Powell in his will. We charge no admission and no commission on works sold. We give art scholarships to deserving art students at Cameron University, grants, hold concerts, film prmiers, regular lecture series. We hold a national art show every two years with $5000.00 is awards, and 6 shows a year, each running two months.

History

The Foundation initially occupied the second floor of the Little Chapel of Lawton, where it conducted monthly art exhibits and functions until April 2000. In addition to the arts exhibits, the Leslie Powell Foundation solicits requests from the fine art community for financial needs and has in the past made financial grants for $15,000 to $20,000 annually.

The gallery moved to its current location of 620 SW D Avenue in April 2000. Prior to that move, it was ascertained that the Leslie Powell Program had out-grown the space available at the Little Chapel of Lawton. The Foundation wanted to keep the Gallery in the downtown area and wanted to renovate an existing structure, and keeping the building's 1920 "art deco" flavor.

The original building appears to have been built in the mid 1920's as part of the second wave of Central Business District construction (ie., in the transition from the early wooden buildings to the brick structures). Its location indicates that it was considered to be on the edges of the "Downtown," a common location for its early use. City directories in the 1920's list the building as the location of the "Sanitary Grocery," a use which continued for at least 30 years. It was located next to a car garage, although that building appears to have been destroyed by fire in the 1940's or early 1950's.

We do not have a complete list of uses from the 1950's, but we do know that it has been vacant for many of those years. Most recently, it was the site of Pickles, an antique mall, until purchased and renovated by the Leslie Powell Foundation. Roger Brown was the architect on the renovation project, and Dallas Howard was the contractor.

A few of Lawton's original downtown buildings are located in the immediate area of the Gallery's new location, including the Central Fire Station and the Federal Building, both eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

The original building appears to have been built in the mid 1920's as part of the second wave of Central Business District construction (ie., in the transition from the early wooden buildings to the brick structures). Its location indicates that it was considered to be on the edges of the "Downtown," a common location for its early use. City directories in the 1920's list the building as the location of the "Sanitary Grocery," a use which continued for at least 30 years. It was located next to a car garage, although that building appears to have been destroyed by fire in the 1940's or early 1950's.

We do not have a complete list of uses from the 1950's, but we do know that it has been vacant for many of those years. Most recently, it was the site of Pickles, an antique mall, until purchased and renovated by the Leslie Powell Foundation. Roger Brown was the architect on the renovation project, and Dallas Howard was the contractor.

A few of Lawton's original downtown buildings are located in the immediate area of the Gallery's new location, including the Central Fire Station and the Federal Building, both eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

Governance

5 member board, 3 trustees to over see the trust

Publications

Website newsletter every two months, brochures for lunch bag lectures yearly, written invitations for each show.

  • Lunch Bag Lecture brochure yearly
  • Web site news letter every two months
  • catalog for national juried show
  • regualar brochures
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