James Pepper Henry, Head of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Will Soon Become the Director of Gilcrease

Jan 8, 2015

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with James Pepper Henry, director of the well-regarded Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, who's just been named at the new director of the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa. Pepper Henry will begin his tenure at Gilcrease in late March. He's a member of Oklahoma's Kaw Nation, and in a statement released on Monday the 5th, he referred to his upcoming arrival at Gilcrease as "a real homecoming.... I have lots of family and friends in Oklahoma. The museum's founder, Thomas Gilcrease, and I share Muscogee Creek heritage. That makes my appointment as executive director even more special." Pepper Henry has also worked at the Anchorage Museum, the Kanza Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. He speaks with us about his plans for growing the reputation of the Gilcrease Museum both locally and nationally. Also on today's program, our commentator Mark Darrah has some carefully noted -- and Tulsa-centric -- observations to pass along on the relationship between narcissism and driving.