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 Franklin (Oau Nah Jusah) Gritts  (1914 - )

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Missouri/Oklahoma      Known for: easel and mural painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Vian, Oklahoma, 1914, Franklin Gritts was a painter and teacher.  He was also known as Oau Nah Jusah or 'They Have Returned'.

A native American of the Cherokee tribe, Gritts attended Haskell Institute where he earned a BFA.  He was at the  University of Oklahoma in 1939 and was a pupil of Olaf Nordmark.

He taught at Haskell Institute, Lawrence, and painted the mural in the Haskell Auditorium that was installed in 1992.  The auditorium was built in 1933.
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Fred Jones Museum of Art; Gilcrease Institute; Joslyn Art Museum; Philbrook Art Museum. First Annual Exhibition Selected from the Work of Artists from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Texas. Tulsa: Philbrook Art Museum, 1940..

SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Sain, Lydia. Kansas Artists, compiled by Lydia Sain from 1932 to 1948. Typed Manuscript, 1948.; TPL; Lester, Patrick D. The Biographical Directory of Native American Painters. Tulsa: Sir Publications, 1995.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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