“As I See It” Photography Exhibit by Carl Shortt now open

“As I See It” Photography Exhibit by Carl Shortt now open

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. 

“I love photographing a wide variety of subjects: landscapes, cityscapes, gritty things and very small things,” said Shortt. “I endeavor to photograph everyday scenes and objects but from a different angle or perspective than they are ordinarily seen.” 

Photographs are for sale. The exhibit is free to see during regular Crystal Bridge hours, daily 9am-5pm and Sunday, 11am-5pm.


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.

Still Here: The Cosmology of Black Resilience An Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition

Still Here: The Cosmology of Black Resilience An Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition


We come together as Black artists to acknowledge our place in the African continuum as flesh, blood, and spirit. Looking at the past, present, and future, our work asks the maker and the viewer, “What does it mean to be Black and resilient?” We improvise to survive. We improvise to thrive. This is how we understand our place in the cosmos.

Ebony Iman Dallas, Afrikanation Artists Organization
Marie Casimir, Djaspora Productions

Featuring visual Artists

  • Amena Butler
  • Ebony Iman Dallas
  • Florine Démosthène
  • Gay Pasley
  • Ronna Pernell
  • Musah Swallah
  • Suzanne Thomas

Featuring Performance Artists

  • Tony Brinkley
  • Marie Casimir
  • Changing FReQuencies
  • Grace Franklin
  • Gay Pasley
  • J’aime Griffith
Afrikanation Artists Organization (AAOU) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Oklahoma City, OK, founded by Ebony Iman Dallas. AAOU was founded in January 2011 on a mission to connect diverse populations in Africa and the US through arts education, building a professional artist network, and community advocacy and outreach.
Founded in 2016 by Marie Casimir, Djaspora Productions is a company that creates and produces performance, interdisciplinary projects, and cultural gatherings that promote exchange between BIPOC artists both locally and globally. In the process of making and sharing art & culture, we hope to connect all who are willing to gather in a shared experience.