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"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


Art History Major Sara Roberts Named a Senior of Significance

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The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to Oklahoma State University. Visit the OSU Alumni website for more information.

Senior Sara Roberts is a highly respected student in the art department. Dr Louise Siddons had nothing but praises when asked to say a few words about Sara, "Sara is a natural leader whose wide-eyed joy and enthusiasm is infectious. As an award-winning scholar and philanthropist, a dedicated volunteer, and an individual who has overcome significant personal challenges in order to succeed, Sara is truly exceptional. I believe she will be an ambassador for OSU wherever she goes." When asked how she felt about being included in this group of outstanding seniors, Sara stated, "Being a part of this group of seniors is such a high honor. My Journey at Oklahoma State has helped shape the person I am today, and the many opportunities here have allowed my passions to thrive. I am extremely grateful to my family, advisors, professors, mentors and friends for helping make my experience at OSU amazing. This award is so meaningful because it reflects my passions and love for this university." Sara is an outstanding student and person and we all wish to congratulate her on this high honor.

There will be a reception to celebrate the 2012-2013 Seniors of Significance and their outstanding achievements.

November 19, 2012
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Click Family Alumni Hall ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center

In more recent news: Sara has been named one of the top 10 students in the College of Arts and Sciences this Spring 2013!


Art History Major Sara Roberts at Smithsonian Instititution


Junior Art History major Sara Roberts has accepted a summer position at the Smithsonian Institution, funded by the prestigious Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship Program. Sara will work at the National Museum of American History on a project entitled, "Examination and Identification of Media and Printing Techniques used in Illustrations from the Little Golden Books, 1942-1960." She will be working in the Museum's paper conservation laboratory to identify printing techniques, pigments, and other information about the production of these beloved children's books. This research will expand our scholarly understanding of these books, provide new catalogue information, and give the Museum a better understanding of how to preserve them.


Minor Details: OSU Student Art at the Microscopy Lab


Ten OSU students are presenting “Minor Details,” an art exhibition of original oil paintings based on images from the Microscopy Laboratory. The opening reception is Friday, February 24th from 3 -5 pm at the Microscopy Laboratory. This event is part of OSU’s Research Week activities.

The students in Associate Professor Liz Roth’s Oil Painting 1 course, have been working with Dr. Charlotte Ownby and Lisa Whitworth at OSU’s Microscopy Laboratory. The students selected samples, which the laboratory prepared, and took digital photographs of the samples using the scanning electron microscope (SEM). They then created oil paintings using their SEM digital images as inspiration.

Opening Reception: 
Friday, February 24, 2012 3-5pm 
Oklahoma State University Microscopy Labaratory
Oklahoma Technology and Research Park
1110 South Innovation Way
Stillwater, OK

Exhibition runs from February 24 to March 23, 2012


OSU Art Students Exhibit Work at the Botanic Garden



More than 60 Art students have work that is currently on display at the OSU Botanic Garden. Students enrolled in the 3-Dimensional Design courses have installed their final projects at the South Entrance to the Garden, just off of 6th Street, next to Cow Creek. Their assignment required them to construct a functional chair using very limited material and helped them learn about structure and woodworking. The exhibition will be on display through December 14th and is free and open to the public.

Exhibition Inquiries: Sallie McCorkle, Professor of Art, 405-714-3780 (

OSU Botanic Garden Inquiries: 405-744-5414

(Exhibition Photographs available upon request from S. McCorkle)