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Images Of Gilcrease To Be Used As Troop Motivator

Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum is known for its collection of Western art and artifacts. Its exhibits draw thousands of visitors from all over the world. The News On 6’s Rick Wells reports those exhibits also draw requests from the world over for photographs to be used in textbooks, documentaries, even by military commanders.

Dana Yarbrough files through the request made to the Gilcrease Museum for images from its collection.

"This one is kind of a fun one, ‘Jeopardy,’ you know the TV show ‘Jeopardy’," said Dana Yarbrough with the Gilcrease Museum.

The television show wants to use an image of one of Frederic Remington's pieces on a future show. Gilcrease’s images have been used on book covers in art magazines and foreign publications.

"This one is from a Company Commander in the U.S. Army," Yarbrough said.

He wants to use Frederic Remington's ‘Stampede’ as a motivator for his troops. It'll be used as a laminated card with an inspirational saying on the back.

Yarbrough finds the image in the museums conservation lab. It’s an old transparency, so the colors may have faded, but Gilcrease photographer Shane Culpepper can fix that.

"It's all digital now so they all ask for digital images," he said.

Culpepper decides to re-shoot the ‘Stampede,’ he says often requests respond to historical anniversaries. The bi-centennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition brought requests for pictures of the west, and Native American culture has become popular in Europe.

"So suddenly we got hundreds of requests for anything related to American Indians," Culpepper said.

He says he sees Gilcrease images all over television almost every night; he recognizes them because he took the pictures.

The Gilcrease charges for the use of images from its collection. The charges vary based on what it will be used for, but usually tops out at about $100.

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