Faculty News


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


OSU Art History Professor, Cristina Gonzalez, Gives Talk at New Mexico History Museum


From nmhistorymuseum.org: The Virgin of el Pueblito, a miraculous 18th-century icon that found its iconographic source in a Peter Paul Rubens oil sketch (ca. 1632), was propagated by late colonial Franciscan friars and circulated throughout the viceroyalty in print and painted form. Originally noted for extirpating idolatry in colonial Querétaro, this talk considers her initial socio-religious and political importance before exploring her impact and significance in nineteenth-century northern New Spain.

Dr. Gonzalez's talk will be held at the New Mexico History Museum on Sunday, September 28th from 10:30–11:30 am. For more information about the event, click here.


OSU Graphic Design Professor, Carey Hissey, Retires After 26 Years of Teaching


Graphic Design Professor Carey Hissey will be retiring at the end of the Spring 2014 semester after 26 years of distinguished service and research at the Oklahoma State University Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History. Carey Hissey was born and educated in Great Britain. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Communication at the University of Central England in Birmingham in 1981.

In 1986 Carey moved to Norman, OK. She joined the faculty at OSU in 1988. She is one of the founding partners of the award winning Square Mile Design group, designing corporate materials such as annual reports, catalogs, brochures and exhibition graphics for national and international clients primarily in the banking, real estate and oil industries.

In his entertaining and heart-felt speech given at the 2014 Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History Awards Ceremony held in the Seretean Center Concert Hall on April 27th, her Graphic Design colleague Justen Renyer describes Carey's time here at OSU as such:

"Through some serendipitous turn of events, Carey ended up in Oklahoma; with her husband David Hissey starting the Visual Communications Program at OU and Carey joining the Graphic Design Program here at OSU in 1988. 26 Years. And Through all the changes that Graphic Design has taken, Carey has remained the most visually acute arbiter of quality in concepts, composition, drawing skills, color, graphic clarity, and - oh my goodness - typography, that I have ever known."

"Through hard work she has built and developed the strongest and most successful Graphic Design Program in Oklahoma ... Congratulations to our beautiful friend, colleague, and teacher, Carey Hissey!"


OSU Art Professors Jo Lynch and Teresa Holder Exhibit at Ten Towering Artists of Tulsa

Jo Lynch TTA art

Above: Wave and Flame by Jo Lynch

Our OSU art professors Jo Lynch and Teresa Holder are taking part in a unique exhibition. The Ten Towering artists are a group of artists, each chosen because of their varied areas of expertise, showing together in one exhbition. The exhibition takes place at the University Club Tower in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What makes this exhibit so unique is that a percentage of the proceeds from their shows go to charity. A percentage of all sales from this exhibit will be donated to THERAPETICS, a 501(c)3 organization that breeds, trains and places service dogs to assist Oklahomans with physical disabilities.

For more photos of the exhibit, held April 25th, & 26th 2014, please visit the Ten Towering Artists facebook facebook.