Faculty News


OSU Art Professors Exhibit At OH, TULSA! Biennial Through August 23, 2013

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OSU Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History teachers Jo Lynch and Teresa Holder's art works were chosen to exhibit in the Living Arts' "OH, TULSA! Biennial," This exhibit runs from August 2 to August 23rd 2013 at Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The first image above is from artist and OSU watercolor instructor Jo Lynch. It is entitled "Gold in the Vault," an image of an art Deco Lamp in a vaulted ceiling which is upside down.

The second image above is from artist Teresa Holder and the work is called, “Selah: An Homage to Adah Robinson”

In this mixed media piece, Holder has used excerpts of a quote from Adah Robinson's personal letters, which are in Adah's own words, and in her own hand. These words are written to inspire others in the arts.

Below is a quote from Adah's letters:

“a teacher, to be inspirational, must, as far as art is concerned, be unselfish – supremely so, and with a mental grasp of the far reaching possibilities and reach of art thought” … I am “gathering thots in my soul and strength of spirit to inspire you all in Tulsa ... so there will be a group of souls who will carry on the art ideals … and be a positive force for the arts”…

The word selah means, "to pause and consider." Adah Robinson is considered by many to be Tulsa’s ‘Art Mother’. Adah studied art at the Chicago Art Institute and brought all she learned to Oklahoma in 1905. On her journey to educate and inspire others in the arts she became a well-known national speaker recruited by many including the office of J Edgar Hoover. In Oklahoma she taught at Central High School and by 1928 founded the Department of Art at Tulsa University. Her contributions to the arts in Oklahoma are highlighted by her work as the artistic designer of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church.

To read more about the OH, TULSA! Biennial, visit www.livingarts.org


Graphic Design Professor Justen Renyer recieves Best Educator award at National Conference


We are proud to announce that Graphic Design Professor Justen Renyer is the recipient of the Best Educator Award at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications Conference, April 2013. This presigious award for Best Educator was nominated by students. Justen was the instructor for both Katie Amos and Michael Molholt, two of our OSU graphic design students who won awards for their work at the conference this Spring.

Award: Golden Apple Award - Best Educator - Justen Renyer


Dr. González to be guest panelist in New Mexico

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The Latin American and Iberian Institute at the University of New Mexico will host "Colonial Authority and Identity in Ibero-America," a two-day, interdisciplinary conference that will take place April 10-11, 2013 in Albuquerque. The event is made possible by a generous endowment from the distinguished scholar Dr. Richard E. Greenleaf.

Dr. González's talk, entitled "The Imitation of Christ and the Female Body in Ibero-America," considers the relationship between Christological representations and female religiosity in Spain and Spanish America, c. 1600-1800. The work is part of a book project tentatively entitled "Women on the Cross: Female Piety in the Early Modern Spanish World."


An Award Winning Article from Dr. Cristina Cruz González

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One of Dr. Cristina Cruz González's recent articles, "Our Lady of el Pueblito: A Marian Devotion on the Northern Frontier," has just received a Best Article in 2012 award from Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture and has also been nominated for a Best Article in 2012 by the Catholic Press Association. Dr. González will travel to Texas to get the award in March 2013.

For more information about Dr. González, visit her page on our department website:
Dr. Cristina Cruz González faculty bio

You can read the award-winning article here: "Our Lady of el Pueblito: A Marian Devotion on the Northern Frontier."


Dr. González to present research at the , February 21-23, 2013

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Professor González will present "Rapture in the New World: Prophecy, Presence, and the Marian Image in New Spain," a study of fifteenth-century eschatological thought and its influence on Marian devotions in the New World. Click here for a complete abstract.

The conference is being held at the University of Miami and is hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.