See more than 30 photographs by Carl Shortt Jr. in the Crystal Bridge Conservatory Visitor Lobby now through April 21. These beautiful photographs feature scenes from his extensive travels, including to Cuba, Maine, New York and more, as well as his viewpoints of Oklahoma City icons such as the Lake Hefner, the Lake Overholser dam, and the former Union Bus Station among others, his eye will transcend time and place for the exhibit-viewer.
Carl Shortt Jr. is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of the Southwest School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
He spent several years in banking in Oklahoma City. A lifelong amateur photographer, he began a second career as a professional photographer after retiring from the banking world. He studied under internationally known photographers and continues to polish his craft with workshops and seminars. Carl has exhibited his work in many juried shows, including Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition’s 12 x12, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Rebuilding Together’s Grey Matters, and the Paseo Arts Association, among others. His images have been published in The Oklahoman, MacWorld Magazine, Forbes, Rotary News, Myriad Botanical Gardens newsletter, Art Focus Oklahoma and on the February 2020 cover of Public Garden, the journal of the American Public Gardens Association. In his commercial work, Carl focuses on events, portraiture, food and real estate images for local businesses, schools and restaurants.
Carl actively volunteers for nonprofit organizations helping them with photos including Allied Arts, Arts Council of OKC, New View Oklahoma, Sunbeam Family Services, Catholic Charities, Oklahoma City University, OKC Beautiful, The Homeless Alliance, League of Women Voters, Mercy Hospital, United Way, Paseo Arts Association, and Lyric Theater. His biggest volunteer effort is for the Myriad Botanical Gardens, where he’s served several years on the community board. More than 10,000 photos of the Gardens live on his computer’s hard drive.
Carl is married to Beth Shortt, the love of his life. Between them they have four children and five grandchildren. Carl and Beth have two dogs, Lucky and Sugar, who are, surprisingly to some, pit bulls.