City of Enid Renaissance Project

Upon completion of our book, “Celebrating Enid”, a 286 page volume that tells the story of my extremely interesting hometown of Enid, Oklahoma, the citizens of our community decided to construct a new $25,000,000 conference center and basketball arena. I was chosen to install artwork in the facility and my instructions were to “Tell Enid’s story”. Enid is unique in that it sits as the crossroads of the old Chisholm Trail and the site of the largest land run in the history of the world. On the morning of September 16, 1893  there were just a handful of residents and by late that evening, Enid was a bustling town of 10,000. That story had to be told. I began by researching photos in our local museum and the state historical society and licensing a number of historical images for use on the project. Next, I selected a number of photos from our book to educate visitors as to our history and to all of the interesting things in Enid and the surrounding area to hang in corridors and meeting rooms throughout the facility. Approximately 125 pieces were hung that create pride in our city and tell the story of our short, but highly interesting history. Additionally, a small takeaway brochure was created to give a deeper understanding of the pieces and give a more complete explanation of the importance of each image on the history of our city.

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