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Senior Crystal Labrosse wins Women's Faculty Council 2013 Research Award


Art history professor Jennifer Borland with Crystal Labrosse at the WFC 2013 Research Awards Reception at Willard Hall.

Crystal was just one of three undergraduates among a group of fourteen awardees from across campus, as well as one of the only representatives from the humanities. She was also awarded the Council's "Diversity Award," suggesting that the committee was particularly impressed by the subject of Crystal's research and its important contribution to the development of Islamic art within the field of art history. Crystal attended the awards reception held during OSU Research Week at Willard Hall. Her research project is on the film "Women Without Men" by the Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat and her paper is entitled "Women Without Men: Heaven or Hell." She was accompanied to the awards reception by one of her paper's advisors Dr. Jennifer Borland. Dr. Borland had this to say about her student, "It was such a pleasure to attend the awards ceremony with Crystal. She spoke with eloquence about her project alongside others ranging from poetry to medical research to the immunity of livestock!" Both Dr. Borland and Dr. Louise Siddons advised Crystal's paper which she presented during the Art History Senior Symposium last May.

The Women's Faculty Council Awards recognize both undergraduate and graduate student research done at OSU. Awards were given to fourteen OSU researchers. Completed projects and works in progress are both recognized at these awards and women students in all fields are eligible. The awardee is the sole or primary author of work done at OSU. Summaries of research for theses, dissertations, course projects, and creative works are among the projects submitted.

To learn more about research week at OSU visit their website at

To learn more about the Women's Faculty Council, visit their website at


Senior Studio Capstone Exhibition March 4 - 15 Reception/Gallery Talk: March 7, 5PM

Studio Capsone SP13001

This exhibition celebrates our studio art students graduating in May 2013 with BFA degrees. Works on view feature painting, drawing, and metalwork. The work represents our student artists' achievements obtained through synthesis, analysis and reflection on their rigorous studies at OSU. Mentored by faculty, students demonstrate their critical thinking and communication skills, as well as an awareness of professional exhibition practices. This exhibition features the work of Cassandra Pickens, Kelli Coughenour, and Vanessa Pettit.


Casey Pankey and Will Mantor recognized at OVAC Momentum Exhibition in OKC


Sculpture students Casey Pankey and William Mantor were recognized for their outstanding work at the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's Momentum Exhibit, which was held March 1st and 2nd in Oklahoma City.

VIEWERS CHOICE AWARD Casey Pankey, Stillwater, "Earth's Child at Play", Wood, Earth, found objects, 44-64 x 29 x 16

VIEWERS CHOICE AWARD & HONORABLE MENTION AWARD William Mantor, Stillwater, "Stretch", Steel & Powder Coat, 54 x 24 x 26

OSU Sculpture Professor Matthew Boonstra had this to say about his students,

"I have know Will Mantor and Casey Pankey since the fall of 2011 while they were working towards their BFA degrees at Oklahoma State University. In my role as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Area Head of Sculpture I have worked closely with both candidates and see them developing into energetic, smart and confident young artists.

I am impressed by Casey Pankey's ability to reconcile a broad swath of media and ideation in her art work. She couples a contemporary openness of form and content with a modern inclination for reductive potency. One of the remarkable aspects of the work is Casey's skillful innovation in method or material in service to ideas.

I think Will Mantor's art work is exemplary of the new young artist in the field of sculpture who have conceptual inclination but are also steeped in real skill/craft and make unique objects. Will's art work is rooted in an autobiographical context but also has an experimental spirit that may lead into new media and other avernues. Will has a vital ambition and commitment in art that stands out from others of his age."


Labyrinth Prize awarded to OSU art student Anna Rutherford

Labyrinth Prize awarded to OSU art student Anna Rutherford

Anna Rutherford Illustration

Above image: Left: Artist, Anna Rutherford, Right: An Intriguing Path cover art by Anna Rutherford for the book "Geist of Holzteinberg Castle" by E. Budrich. Accessed 2/1/13

The Labyrinth prize has been awarded to OSU art student Anna Rutherford for her winning entry "An Intriguing Path" is the cover-art design for the e-book Geist of Holtzteinberg Castle, by E. Budrich. The Labyrinth contest was open to thousands of artists from 40 art schools across the country. The contest ran from Oct. 26, 2012 to Jan. 10, 2013. The winner of the Labyrinth prize is awarded a cash prize, a web-page highlighting their artistic interests, with links to the artists personal web site, blog, or Facebook page. The winning entry is on display now and may be seen here. Entries were judged by a panel blinded to artist information and background. The prize recognizes talented new artists. is an art site featuring original literary works, original art work, and contests. It is partnering with talented individuals from a variety of artistic disciplines.

Anna Rutherford is an art student at OSU. Her current focus is on sculpture and painting. She has begun chronicling the development and completion of projects, providing insight into her creative process. This allows a virtual peek behind her curtain of creativity. Her art can be viewed at: In speaking about her art, Ms. Rutherford states, "As an artist, my goal is to evoke emotion in the viewer with every piece I create." Anna will also be producing the interior art for this e-book.

Ms. Rutherford was also a recent recipient of an Honorable Mention award for Research Week. Rutherford along with six other current OSU art students will be recognized at the Research Gala on February 19th, 2013 and have their work publically displayed throughout Research Week. More information about the Research Week awards can be accessed on our News Page.

Professor Matthew Boonstra, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in Sculpture had a few words to say about Anna and her work, "I have had the pleasure of knowing Anna since 2011 while she has been working towards her Bacholars of Fine Art. While she is first and foremost a deeply committed practitioner, she has embraced the importance of sharing her work in competitive venues. From this I am not surprised to hear that Anna has been awarded the Labyrinth Prize. And in addition been awarded the Honorable Mention Award at OSU Research Week, 2013. As an artist Anna possesses a rare combination of talent and vision. Based on such successes to date and her high ambition I fully expect things will continue to develop for her from a student to a professional."

Anna Rutherford's Artist Blog can be seen here.

To read more about Labyrinth-of-Arts and to contact them, please visit their website at


"WHIRLIGIGS and SUCH" Student Exhibition at the OSU Botanic Garden


Students in Sally McCorkle's ART 1303: 3-D Design Foundations Class have an exhibit or artworks at the OSU Botanic Garden. Whirligigs and similar "wind" toys have long been a part of what is referred to as "Folk Art." Here, our students have explored the mechanical aspects of wind-enhanced movement while bringing their unique designs to this entertaining art form. Students were required to create an "original" whirligig primarily out of wood that moved via some version of a pivot and a propeller.

The concrete stepping-stones on display were part of a larger project where students created on-going patterns for use as plaster relief tiles and concrete stepping-stones. That project teaches students many techniques such as pattern-making, mold-making, and plaster/concrete casting.

Oklahoma State University Botanic Garden
Formal Garden Area, North Entrance, W. Virginia Street
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Exhibition dates are: December 5 - 12, 2012

The OSU art class exhibiting is ART 1303: 3-D Design Foundations
Oklahoma State University, Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History
Sallie McCorkle, Professor of Art

For additional Information concerning the Art,
Contact: Sallie McCorkle, Professor of Art, 405-744-6016

For information about the Botanic Garden, Contact: OSU Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department, 405-744-5414