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Tom Rink shares Native American art collection

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Every month Northeastern State University - Broken Arrow displays the works of local artists in the gallery of its Administration Building and this month one of its own is providing the artwork. Tom Rink, Instruction Librarian for NSUBA, will make available some of his extensive collection during the December exhibit.

Rink acquired his love of art from his father, Bernie Rink, who is also a collector. His father helped build an Inuit art collection for the Northwestern Michigan College while he was the library director there. As of result of his father’s work, the college opened the Dennos museum which houses the fruits of his efforts.

After moving to Tulsa, Okla., in 1982 Rink fell in love with Native American art which is what he mainly collected early on, but his overall collection is quite eclectic. He has everything from oil to water color, charcoal to acrylic in his possession. His office in the library of the NSUBA campus is packed full of art wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling, and at home there is more of the same.

“I have over 170 framed works of art in my 800-square-foot-apartment,” said Rink. “One simply does not stop buying art because one has no more wall space,” said Rink reciting his favorite quote.

The exhibit will feature Native American art collected by Tom Rink. It will be available for viewing weekdays Dec. 2-31, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and is located at the NSUBA Administration Building Gallery, 3100 East New Orleans Broken Arrow, Okla., 74014. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call or email Tricia Horn at 918-449-6026 or

Published: 11/21/2013 3:42:54 PM

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