“Rarely have I ever witnessed a space as magnificent, humbling and welcoming as the Hardesty Arts Center. It manages to both celebrate the origins and history of its surrounding neighborhood while re-imagining the role of the arts in building a community-based, creative hub for the 21st Century. ”

- Alex Sarian, Director of Finance & New Business, Lincoln Center Education, New York City

Hardesty Arts Center

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa

For years, the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa worked tirelessly to bring the concept of an arts exhibition and education facility to downtown Tulsa. Its primary goal was and still is to engage the community in the arts. By working together with Selser Schaefer Architects, the Hardesty Arts Center was brought to life in downtown Tulsa’s vibrant and growing Brady Arts District.

The entire building was designed to support the creative process that is the studio. From drawing to painting, print making to photography, sculpture to digital art, these studios are the heart and soul of AHHA. Selser Schaefer Architects and the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa engaged local artists in the creation of these spaces, their love for their craft and collaboration in the process guided the design of these elements and truly made the creative process of the studio the central focus of this facility.

What a wonderful thing – a building created by artists for the dispersion of their craft all focused around the creative process.