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This page contains information about the current gallery exbition in the O'Kane Gallery located on the 3rd floor of the main building of the University of Houston - Downtown.

O'Kane Gallery - Current Exhibitions

The Seigler Chronicles

Life as a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey
Circus Designer, 1956-1959

October 23 - December 18, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday October 23, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm

In the late 1940s, Jim Seigler attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota Florida. After his schooling was interrupted by service in the Korean War, Seigler returned to the Ringling School of Art to complete his education. Upon graduation he was hired by Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus in a position that would lead to major contributions to the design of the Circus' annual spectacles as it toured the United States. Seigler worked closely with Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Miles White as well as Parisian designer Max Weldy.

Join the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery Thursday October 23rd for "The Seigler Chronicles: Life as a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus Designer, 1956-1959." A collection chronicling Jim Seigler's time as an artist working with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. The exhibit will feature original sideshow banner designs from 1956, the last year before indoor arenas replaced the big top. Also included are spectacle and costume designs from throughout Seigler's circus tenure, 1956-1959. Original sketches will be accompanied by rare period photographs depicting the building of circus props and wagons. The exhibit will expand on the process of creating spectacles for the circus and some of the stories of those who designed and performed during the late 1950s.


Last updated or reviewed on 10/23/14

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