Faculty News


Mark Sisson Honored with Regents Distinguished Research Award

Oklahoma State University recognized the achievements of faculty, staff, and administrators during the University Awards Convocation, December 6 at the OSU ConocoPhillips Alumni Center.  Mark Sisson was awarded the Regents Distinguished Research Award, which recognizes research excellence at Oklahoma State University.  Recipients of the award were selected based on the evidence of outstanding and meritorious achievements in research, which includes all creative scholarly activities.  

Mark Sisson Research Award
Mark Sisson pictured third from right.  Photo courtesy of Phil Choo.


Recent Awards and Honors

Associate Professor Louise Siddons was awarded the Davidson Family Fellowship at the Amon Carter Museum to work with the Laura Gilpin archive. She will be in residence at the Museum in October 2017.

Associate Professor of Art History Louise Siddons was awarded a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts grant for her forthcoming book on artist J.J. McVicker.

Associate Professor of Ceramics Brandon Reese's exhibition opens in July 2017 at the OSU Museum of Art.

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Art History Shaoqian Zhang, who won the 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Research Award.

Congratulations to Professor of Painting Liz Roth, who won the 2017 Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for excellence in the Arts.


Faculty Awards and Honors, 2016-2017


Louise Siddons, Associate Professor of Art History

  • 2017 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) $20,000 grant to support a traveling retrospective exhibition of Oklahoma modernist painter, sculptor, and printmaker J. Jay McVicker. The grant will also fund the first scholarly book to survey McVicker’s career.

Irene Backus, Assistant Professor of Art History

  • Berenson Fellow, Villa I Tatti Harvard Research Center (International), 2016

Phil Choo, Professor of Graphic Design

  • Excellence Award for OSU MFA brochure, 46th Annual University and College Designers Association Design Competition, 2016.

Pouya Jahanshahi, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

  • NY Designs Fellowship (Design Incubator), New York, NYC, 2016

Lisa J. Maione, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design (as a part of the art collective Fazed Grunion):

  • Van Eyck Academie Artist Fellowship 2016-2017, Maastricht, The Netherlands (international)

Andy Mattern, Assistant Professor of Photography

  • 90th Annual International Competition (Semifinalist, 42 artists selected from 400), Jurors: Alex Klein and Mungo Thomson Philadelphia, PA (international), 2016

Justen Renyer, Associate Professor of Graphic Design

  • The Golden Apple / Outstanding Educator of the Year, 12th Annual National Student Show and Conference, Dallas Society of Visual Communicators (national), 2016

Chris Ramsay, Professor of Jewelry and Metals

  • Tulsa Artist Fellowship, George Kaiser Family Foundation (International), 2016

Liz Roth, Associate Professor of Painting

  • Visiting Artist, Xiaoxiang International Printmaking Center, Changsha Normal University, Changsha, China (international), 2016

Priscilla Schwarz, Lecturer in Art History

  • Presented the Annual Kohler Lecture in Art History at Pomona College, Claremont, VA [travel, research, and honorarium for public lecture] (national), 2016

Mark Sisson, Professor of Printmaking

  • Sean Rudolf Purchase Award, Delta National Small Prints Exhibition (dsnpe), Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, 2017
  • Third Place Award, Clemson National Works on Paper Exhibition Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2017
  • 2 Purchase Awards, 27th National Works on Paper, University of Notre Dame Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • George and Barbara Pratt Award, 29th National Works on Paper, Northern National 29th Annual Competition
  • Juror’s Award, 2016 Academy Center of the Arts Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, Academy Center of the Arts


Angie Piehl: Feral Beauty and Opulent Decay

Nov. 9, 2015 - March 12, 2016


Image: Ingress, Angela Piehl, oil on panel, 18" x 24" (2015)

Luxury. Accumulation. Alienation from nature. These topics, considered from a gendered perspective, are what artist and OSU Associate Professor Angela Piehl invites us to explore through paintings and drawings featured in this exhibition. Using a wide range of sources, Piehl employs images and photographs of both designed and natural beauty as a starting point for abstracting and re-combining elaborately decorative, even at times grotesque, elements. References to organic materials such as flesh, hair, tentacles, eggs, fat, bone, muscle, crystalline structures, and wood appear alongside her choices of color, pattern, and textural artifice to produce what Piehl calls "feral bouquets." At once engaging and seductive, while also repellent and abject, these biomorphic abstractions address multiple layers of the human condition through their allegorical and narrative allusions.

This exhibition is on view Nov. 9, 2015 - March 12, 2016. It is curated by Mary Mikel Stump, Director/Curator, The University Galleries at Texas State University, Austin.

Opening Reception 
OSU Museum of Art 
November 19, 2015 
5 pm to 8 pm

Museum Information


Chris Ramsay: Meditations in Stillwater

September 15 2014 - January 17, 2015


Above: Detail of Chris Ramsay's sculpture, Extinct.

This exhibition features more than 30 works spanning two decades by artist and OSU professor Chris Ramsay. Collecting everyday souvenirs, Ramsay creates mixed-media sculptures that invite the viewer to look closely at traces of time and life: not rare and precious artifacts but simple, anonymous objects from marine fossils and arrowheads to postcards and Coke bottle shards. The intimate experience of looking into these works and reflecting on the objects that have touched one's own life elicits a subtle revelation all too often left untapped by art today. Ramsay's sculptures achieve their ends through unpretentious materials, intimate scale, natural harmonies, and quiet conduciveness to thought.

Reception and Curator Talk 
Thursday, October 2 

Artist Talk 
Thursday, December 4