Alumni Spotlight


Alumna Sonya Terpening honored as 2018 Distinguished Alumna



Sonya Terpening (Art Education BS, 1977) and Amber DuBoise-Shepherd (Studio Art BFA, 2015)


Sonya Terpening (Art Education BS, 1977) was honored among other highly accomplished alumni of OSU’s College of Arts and Sciences on Friday September 21, 2018. Terpening is a highly successful artist whose work focuses on western themes and subjects. She is a regular participant in high profile invitational exhibitions, including the Prix de West and the Masters of the American West. She selected as NBC Oklahoma’s “Oklahoma Artist” in 2017, and she was the inaugural recipient of the Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist Award at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts. Terpening has received multiple awards for her work, and her paintings and watercolors are in regional and national collections.



Alumna Lora Webb receives Kress Institutional Fellowship for Research in Rome

Lora Webb
Lora Webb

Lora Webb (Art History BA, 2011), currently a Ph.D. student at Stanford University, has received the prestigious Kress Institutional Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome. The Fellowship supports Lora’s residency in Rome for two years, during which she will complete research on her dissertation “Kosmos Embodied: Eunuchs and Byzantine Art in the Ninth through Twelfth Centuries.” While in Rome she plans to see the objects about which she is writing and hopefully to discover more. She will also find and gather primary sources and connect with European scholars at the Hertziana and beyond. She also plans to devote some time to the all-important exploration of Italian cuisine. Congratulations Lora!



Asian American Resource Center to Feature Dan Pham

  Dan Pham     Dan Pham Gallery Show  

Dan Pham, a recent Studio Art BFA graduate, will have a show in the hallway gallery of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) in Austin, Texas July 13 - September 21, 2018.  Reception and artist talk, July 13th 6-8pm.

Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Rd.
Austin, Texas  78754


Madeline Hankock Interview

Madeline Hancock discusses her degree in Graphic Design from the Art Department at the College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University.


OSU Art Department Alumna to receive national honor


Kristin Gentry

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development has selected OSU alumna Kristin Gentry among the recipients of this year's Native American 40 Under 40 awards. The award honors 40 emerging American Indian leaders between the ages of 18 to 39 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication to achieve significant contributions in business, communities, and Indian Country.

Gentry, who graduated from OSU in 2009, is a visual artist at the University of New Mexico Cancer, Research, and Treatment Center in the UNM Arts-In-Medicine Program. Her work enhances the healing process by facilitating creative encounters in medical environments and communities while educating health care professionals and others on the integral role the arts play in wellness and health restoration. Gentry uses a creative process, based on visual arts, to work directly with patients undergoing chemo, radiation, and other forms of medicinal cancer treatment.

The Native American 40 Under 40 awards will be presented at the 37th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards Gala set for Nov. 14-15 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla.

While at OSU, Gentry was selected as a Senior of Significance. She also received the Dana Tiger Memorial Artist Scholarship, and other awards for her art. After graduation, she worked as the children's program coordinator at the Multi-Arts Center for the City of Stillwater, taught art at the six main elementary schools in town as well as Lincoln Academy. Gentry was also a board member with the Stillwater Art Guild, board member for the Artists' Coalition of Stillwater, a musician in the Stillwater Community band, and a member of the City of Stillwater planning committee for the forming of Stillwater Art's District.

Gentry is a registered artist of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, where she holds her tribal membership. She was a member of the Payne County, Delta Pi Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., the first Native American Sorority in the nation, and has worked to form the Bernalillo County Provisional Graduate Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega, Sorority Inc. in New Mexico. Gentry was also a member of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, and often wrote articles for the magazine Art Focus published by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.