About George Kravis

1938

Born, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1949

George purchased an RCA Victor 45-RPM record changer for $12.95, introduced in that year. This began George’s interest in design, and this piece is still in George’s collection.

1958

Entered the University of Oklahoma.

1962

George founded KRAV FM and became one of the youngest people in the United States to own a radio station.

1966

Purchased KFMJ radio station, which became KGTO.

1970

George began to purchase graphic design for his offices.

1984

Purchased Knox Camera, a prominent camera and processing store in Tulsa.

2001

Tulsa Foundation for Architecture reissued the publication Tulsa Art Deco.

2001

The Kravis Summer Arts Camp was founded. This camp now provides two-week art courses for elementary, middle, and high school students.

2004

George Kravis co-founded Circle Cinema Foundation in Tulsa to show art films from around the world.

2004

The Kravis Discovery Center opened at the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa.

2009

Industrial design collection began in earnest with his association with David Hanks.

2010

Received the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award for his leadership and significant contribution to the arts.

2011

Listed no. 36 in Art + Auction magazine’s 100 most influential people in the art world.

2011

The Stamps of Approval exhibition was presented at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

2013

George established the Kravis Design Center to store and care for his collection and further his educational goals.

2013

Loans from the Kravis Collection were included in the exhibition Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future at the Museum of the City of New York.

2016

100 Designs for a Modern World was published by Skira Rizzoli, New York.

2016

Energizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection opened at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.