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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.
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..

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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