Faculty News


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.


Jo Lynch, Faculty Member, Exhibits at the Malinda Berry Fischer Gallery


Jo Lynch, Catching Rays, Watercolor

Professor Jo Lynch presently has an exhibition in the Malinda Berry Fischer Gallery, OSU Foundation, 400 South Monroe. The exhibit runs Oct 1 thru December 31 and the opening reception is this thursday, October 13 at 5:30 - 7. The show includes a variety of her watercolor works, with a focus on her explorations into the effects of sunlight on and through transparent/translucent objects.


Phil Choo, Faculty Member, chosen for the Hot New Pics Show


Phil Choo, Wishes on 38th Parallel by North Korea, 11.5" X 11.5"

Professor Phil Choo has been selected as one of the artists to exhibit work in the Hot New Pics Show. The exhibition will take place at Center Gallery at the Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS. The exhibition dates are October 28 - November 11, with an opening reception on Friday, October 28th from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.