Faculty News


Dr. Jennifer Borland to speak at the Medieval Fair of Norman

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On Friday, November 9, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jennifer Borland, Assistant Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University, will explore the images found in copies of the Régime du corps, a late medieval health guide. These luxuriously-decorated books, likely intended for use by noblewomen managing their households, were apparently designed to move medical knowledge from the university into the home. As such, they alter how we might understand women's roles in late medieval healthcare.

Dr. Borland's lecture is called "Managing Health in the Medieval Household: The Illustrated Manuscripts of the Régime du Corps" and it is the third lecture in the Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series for 2012-2013

This is a free event! For more information on the Medieval Fair, go to the website.


Tulsa art exhibit features works by Chris Ramsay and Brandon Reese

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 Artwork by OSU faculty Chris Ramsay and Brandon Reese as well as alumna Anita Fields was on display at the "Crafting Ritual & Identity: Oklahoma Invitation Exhibition, " which ran through Aug. 23 in Tulsa. The exhibit, which included a total of 14 artists from Oklahoma, is located at Living Art at 307 E. Brady in Tulsa. It was sponsored by the Brady Craft Alliance, headed by OSU alumna Emily Kern.

"Crafting Ritual & Identity" is a companion show to the Sherwin Miller Jewish Museum of Art's international traveling exhibit about Jewish ritual entitled A Stitch in Jewish Time. Curated by Karen York, A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles (June 3-August 24) features internationally acclaimed contemporary fiber artists who delve into the understanding of Jewish history, experience and values. Crafting Ritualand Identityhighlights Oklahoma artists' perspective on ritual and identity, and what it means to be from Oklahoma. BCA is dedicated to "Encouraging the Art of Craft" and has already brought renowned gallerist Jane Sauer to Tulsa for educational programs, exhibited native American Margaret Roach Wheeler's exquisite woven pieces in a fashion show, and moun ted the biannual VisionMakers exhibition that highlights the fine craft artists we have right here in Oklahoma. For more information, contact the alliance at (918) 237-9592 or email directore@bradycraftalliance.org.


In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus BJ Smith


Billy Joe "BJ" Smith, 80, died on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 at Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 at the University Heights Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma with Pastor John Bugg officiating. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

B. J. Smith retired from the OSU Department of Art in June 1994 after serving 29 years as the Director of the Gardiner Art Gallery, which he started in 1965. A graduate of Guymon High School in 1950, he graduated from then Oklahoma A & M College in 1955 with a BFA. After Serving in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers with a commission from Oklahoma A & M's ROTC between 1955 and 1957, he received his MFA from the University of Oklahoma, Norman in 1959. Living in California's Bay Area between 1959 and 1961, he attended the University of California, Berkeley's College of Education in 1961. Returning to Oklahoma, he worked at the Oklahoma Art Center, now the Oklahoma Museum of Art, in Oklahoma City as the Assistant Director from 1961 until 1965. In August of 1965, he was hired by the OSU Department of Art to start its first full time gallery. He ran OSU's gallery as a staff of one, hanging eleven shows a year until retirement.

He is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma; the Oklahoma State Collection of Artists and Craftsmen, Oklahoma City; the Oklahoma Museum of Art and the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska and numerous private collections. He is included in the publication, Who's Who in American Art, since 1978, published by R. R. Bowker Company, New York City. He is also included in Who's Who in the South & Southwest, Marquis Who's Who, Chicago and Men of Achievement, Melrose Press Ltd, Cambridge, England.


Cristina Cruz González to Present New Research at Symposium in Los Angeles


Anonymous (“Santo Niño Santero”), St. Librada, late nineteenth century. Carved wood, gesso, and watercolor. Private Collection.

Dr. González will deliver the paper “Crucifixion Piety in New Mexico: On the Origin and Art of Saint Librada” in Los Angeles on February 21, 2012. The talk is part of the “Christianity and Latin American Art: Apprehension, Appropriation, Assimilation” symposium sponsored by the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art. The one-day event will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The full schedule and registration information is available with the link below.


Phil Choo, Faculty Member, to be in the 2011 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Exhibition


Phil Choo, Soedea (Poles signfying prayer for a good harvest), 2011

Professor Phil Choo has been selected as one of the artists to exhibit work in the 2011 Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Exhibition. There were 206 entires from 93 artists. The Juror, David Bailin, selected 31 artworks for inclusion in the show. The exhibition will take place at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. The exhibition dates are December 2nd - February 4th, with an opening reception and award ceremony on Thursday, December 8th from 5:00-7:00 pm.