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Bob Snead: Collaborative Exhibition, Workshop, Reception, & Talk

An assortment of food packages

Family Dollar General Tree: Quality Control is on display in the Student Union Gallery from Friday, October 31 through Friday, November 21, 2014. New Orleans based artist Bob Snead will come to Stillwater this October 27-31 to develop a collaborative project with students and Stillwater community members as part of his ongoing Family Dollar General Tree series. In this body of work, Snead utilizes the cardboard waste from corporate dollar stores to recreate different moments in consumer culture. From work on an assembly line to a life-sized store, these projects create intriguing mirror reflections of the waste within capitalistic systems.

For his visit to Oklahoma State University, Snead will host several workshops where community members and students will work collaboratively to recreate aspects of an assembly line, culminating in a store installation in the OSU Student Union building. Utilizing found materials from local dollar stores, workshop attendees will help to develop aspects of both factory and retail work environments. Workshops will take place at the Stillwater Multi-Arts Center, welcoming anyone to participate in the production and “join the line” in the manufacturing process of cardboard products. At the end of this week of production workshops, attendees will help to install the work and “stock the shelves” in the OSU Student Union building and Snead will present a formal lecture on his extensive studio practice.

To visit Bob Snead’s website, click here.
To read an article and view photos from this event, click here.

Artist Reception
Thursday, October 30
Gardiner Gallery

Artist Talk
Thursday, October 30
Bartlett Center Room 109

Monday, October 27, 12:30-5pm
Tuesday, October 28, 10am- 2pm
Wednesday, October 29, 12:30-5pm
Stillwater Multi-Arts Center

Gallery Reception
Friday, October 31

Dr. M. Neelika Jayawardane:
"Africa is a Country" Norris Grant Lecture

Detail image of Stahlecker's "Paths to the Underground Gods"

The Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History is pleased to co-sponsor this visit by Professor Jayawardane to speak about her work on the blog Africa is a Country.  The title of the blog is ironic and is a reaction to old and tired images of "Africa."  Africa is a Country deliberately challenges and destabilizes received wisdom about the African continent and its people in Western media.   Neelika Jayawardane is an English professor at SUNY-Oswego.  She was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Zambia, and completed her education in the United States.  Her Ph.D. is in English, with a focus in Creative Writing, from the University of Denver.  She teaches transnational memoirs, contemporary fiction, film, and visual art connected to the immigrant and postcolonial experience, including contemporary Southern African and South Asian work.  Dr. Jayawardane will also speak about apartheid photography Friday, October 10, 2014, from 2:30:-3:20 in Morrill 103; art students are welcome to attend.

For more info visit her website.

Thursday, October 9th
Classroom Building Room 214

Bonnie Stahlecker:
20 years of Text, Image and Object

Detail image of Stahlecker's "Paths to the Underground Gods"

Above: Detail image of Stahlecker's Paths to the Underground Gods

Indiana-based artist Bonnie Stahlecker will present a lecture on her work from the past twenty years, showcasing her artist books and sculptures. She combines paper, leather and wood with intaglio, letterpress and painting to create objects ranging in size from three inches to nine feet. Her work was exhibited recently in the Gardiner Art Gallery in 2011.

Free and open to the public.
For more images of Bonnie Stahlecker's work, visit her website.

Artist Talk
Friday, October 10th
Bartlett Center Room 109

Scott Kolbo: A Sense of Place

A work featuring a man on a bicycle as the main focus

Collaborative Drawing Exhibition, Workshop, Reception & Talk

A Sense of Place: Taos + Stillwater + Collaboration is on display in Student Union Gallery Wednesday September 9 - Friday September 26 2014.

Visiting artist Scott Kolbo will be coming to campus September 10 – 12 to lead a workshop centered around combining digital media, drawing, and collaborative practices into large-scale video installations. Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to experiment with various techniques for creating video footage, short looping animations, and large-scale collaborative drawings. Students will work individually to accumulate images about Stillwater, and then Scott Kolbo will work with the group to create a video that will be projected over a large piece of paper. The final stage of the workshop will involve drawing with charcoal and other drawing materials – resulting in a static image that interacts with the moving video projection.

To visit Scott Kolbo's website, click here

Thursday, September 11
Gardiner Gallery

Artist Talk
Thursday, September 11
Bartlett Center Room 109

Workshop with Scott Kolbo
Friday, September 12
Student Union Gallery (in the basement across from banking offices)
All are welcome to watch and/or participate in this event

Whirligigs and Concert at the OSU Botanic Garden

A whirligig at the botanic garden

Above: A whirligig on display at the Botanic Gardens

Sallie McCorkle's 3-D Design students’ final project—WHIRLIGIGS—will once again be on display at the OSU Botanic Garden. This is a fun project that not only tests their woodworking skills, but their ability to create something that can function in and endure Oklahoma wind.

These works are the final project in a class designed as an exploration of three-dimensional form and space stressing the organization of design elements, development of concepts, and manipulation of materials. Investigation of linear space, modular ordering, mass/volume and color through projects of a conceptual and applied nature.

Parking for the Botanic Garden is off of West 6th St. (Hwy. 51) just beyond Western Ave. and the bridge over the creek. Then, you may walk the trail to the main Garden.

Whirligigs Display:
Friday, May 2 – Wednesday, May 7
OSU Botanic Garden (main garden area)

Concert at the Botanic Garden
Friday, May 2 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Event is come-and-go; bring picnics / blankets / etc. FREE and open to the public!

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Artist Talk: Jorge Bachman

Jorge Bachman promotional image

Artist Talk
April 17, 6:30pm
OSU Postal Plaza Gallery

Sound Installation
April 21-25, 4:00 -10:00 pm
April 26 & 27, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
"Fading Open: The Mind Recovers in Silence"
Cooperative work of the artist and current OSU art students
Third Floor of Hanner Hall

Please visit the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art website for more information on the Visiting Artist Program: museum.okstate.edu

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Sarah Perkins to Give Lecture on Her Personal Artwork

Migrations: Silver & Enamel

Sarah Perkins. Migration. 3" x 3" x 3" silver and enamel. 2011.

Sarah Perkins received her BA at San Diego State University and her MFA at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is a Professor at Missouri State University. She is a past Board Member of the Enamelist Society and is currently a member of the Collections Committee at the Ornamental Metal Museum. She has shown her work in the USA, India, Canada, Europe and Asia. Her work can be seen in Metalsmith, Ornament, American Craft and in the books The Art of Fine Enameling, Contemporary Enameling, The Penland Book of Jewelry and The Art of Enameling, and she was the juror for the Lark Publications book 500 Enameled Objects. She has taught numerous workshops around the United States, including at Arrowmont, Penland, San Diego State University and California College of Art, as well as at Tainan Graduate Institute of Applied Arts in Taiwan and the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
109 Bartlett Center

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Art History Senior Symposium

Dr. Karen Overby

Above: Dr. Karen Overby

9:15am-9:45am Coffee and Pastries

Introductions & Announcements

Josie Wiggins: Bernini: Marble and Movement

Kelsey Fields: The Painter's Triumph: William Sydney Mount and the Role of the American Artist in 1838

Brandon Jones: Snapshots Exposed: American Military Photographs of Interwar China and the Contradictions They Create

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen Overbey, Tufts University
Pilgrimage and Performance in the Cult of St Kenelm:
The story of St Kenelm has been popular since the eleventh century: he was a ninth-century English boy king murdered by his scheming older sister. This talk explores the medieval visual representations of Kenelm in relation to a twenty-first-century play about his life and death. How might medieval audiences have experienced his cult? And how can a modern play help us to understand the medieval pilgrim?

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Bartlett Center 109

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Artist Talk by Cedar Marie, OU

Sitka Woman on Fishing Boat

“Women of the Fleet: Fishing for Cultural Resiliency in Sitka, Alaska”

Please join us for an artist talk by Cedar Marie, Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. Cedar Marie will be discussing "Women of the Fleet."

Women of the Fleet: Fishing for Cultural Resiliency in Sitka, Alaska (WoF) celebrates the living experiences of forty Sitka women, age nineteen to ninety-two years old, through in-depth narrativesportraits, and documentary photographs. From their perspectives, we learn how women shape the commercial fishing industry from the stream to the plate.

Artist Talk:
Tuesday March 25, 2014
Bartlett Center for Visual Arts
Room 109

To download the flyer, please click here.


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24th Annual Oklahoma Conference of Art Historians

Bartlett Center Photo

Saturday, 1 March 2014
OSU Department of Art, Graphic Design & Art History

Free and open to the public. Please join us!

9:00 - 10:30: Opening reception with morning refreshments at the OSU Museum of Art Postal Plaza Gallery

10:30 - 11:00: Relocate to the Bartlett Center (Room 109); OSU Campus
11:00am, sessions begin at the Bartlett Center

11:00 - 12:30: Session I
Katherine Baker, OU: "The Anicia Juliana Codex; A Product of Cultural Inheritance and Appropriation in 6th-Century Byzantium"
Jessica Provencher, TU: "The Breton Peasant: The Female Peasant as Symbol of France"
Rebecca Brienen, OSU: "Seventeenth Century Dutch Artists and Early Modern Globalism"

12:30 - 1:45: Lunch Break and Business Meeting
A list of nearby restaurants for lunch will be provided.

1:45 - 3:15: Session II
Ashlea Guernsey, OU: "Violence, Marginalization, and Commemoration: Public Awareness in the Performances of Rebecca Belmore"
Adriann Anderson, TU: "The Politics of Representation: Pictures, Postmodernism and the Art of Philip Smith"
Robert Bailey, OU: "Art & Language between Modern and Contemporary Art"

3:15 - 3:45: Coffee break

3:45 - 5:00: Session III
(short presentations of research in progress)
Irene Backus, OSU "Unknown Land, or Rather Sea: The Soft Boundaries of Cinquecento China"
Krystle Brewer, OSU "Violencia y Vacío: Doris Salcedo's Atrabilarios"
Mary Kathryn Moeller, OSU "Transcending the Avant-Garde: Refashioning Postwar Japanese Identity in the Angura Posters of Yokoo Tadanori"
Michelle Rinard, OSU "Modern Art in Postwar Film: John Frankenheimer's 1966 Seconds"
Shaoqian Zhang, OSU: Brief Tour of Across the Divide exhibition, Gardiner Art Gallery

Parking at both buildlings:

OSU Museum of Art
Postal Plaza Gallery
720 South Husband St.
Downtown Stillwater, OK
Plenty of street parking

Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts
OSU Campus
Corner of Knoblock St. and Elm Ave,
across from Eskimo Joe's parking lot,
immediately north of Bartlett (free on weekends)

Please contact Jennifer Borland with any questions at jennifer.borland@okstate.edu


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Lecture Postponed!

Dr. Dana Leibsohn to Give Seminar and Lecture at the Bartlett Center

Beyond Silk and Silver:

Dr. Dana Leibsohn will visit the Stillwater campus on Thursday, February 27. An accomplished art historian at Smith College and Director of the Five Colleges Digital Humanities Project, Dr. Leibsohn will give a Digital Humanities seminar in BC104 at 10:30 AM and a public lecture on Trans-Pacific material culture (c. 1500-1800) in BC109 at 4:30 PM.

Dr. Leibsohn earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Anthropology. She turned to Art History for her M.A. (University of Colorado) and her Ph.D. (UCLA). Her research addresses indigenous visual culture in colonial Latin America and trans-Pacific trade in the early modern period. She has published on indigenous maps and manuscripts, cosmopolitanism and hybridity in early modern visual culture, and the trade between China and Mexico. Her work has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the J.Paul Getty Trust, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art History at Smith College and currently serves as Faculty Director of the Five Colleges Digital Humanities Project.

Note: The Seminar and Lecture scheduled for February 27th has been postponed. Check back here for more information regarding the lecture.

Digital Humanities Seminar
View flyer for event here.

Trans- Pacific Material Culture Lecture
View flyer for event here.

Dr. Leibsohn's visit is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Lecture Series. Please contact Cristina Gonzalez by at 405-744-5338 or cristina.gonzalez@okstate.edu for further information.


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Jorge Bachman is the 2013-2014 Visiting Artist at OSU

Jorge Bachman

Multimedia and sound artist Jorge Bachman collects field recordings exploring the strange, unique, and microcosmic sounds of everyday life. Recently, he has been working with scientists to explore the interaction between sound and brain activity, incorporating their discoveries into his compositions. In this talk, Bachman will give an overview of his work in his "Meanderings" lecture held in the Bartlett Center Room 109 on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 5:30pm. There will be a reception in the Gardiner Gallery following the lecture.
Click HERE to download the flyer.

During this lecture, students will have an opportunity to ask questions about the Spring 2014 class and visiting artist workshop.
Click HERE for more information on the Spring 2014 workshop and to download the flyer!

"Meanderings" Visiting Artist Lecture
Bartlett Center 109
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
5:30 PM
Reception in Gardiner Gallery following lecture

Contact Info


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Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 10 - 30, 2013

Just Sculpture - William Mantor

Open to students from all levels of undergraduate studies in studio art and graphic design, this highly competitive exhibition honors the artistic excellence achieved by our talented students while they learn and mature as artists at OSU. Each year we invite one visual arts educator and one professional graphic designer from the field to serve as jurors. The exhibition showcases the works selected by the jurors. Each work on view will have a personal voice expressed in a unique and well-executed manner. Our student artists offer the viewers a broad range of experiences through their engaging works, some demanding active participation, and others requiring a more contemplative examination of their content.

Sunday, April 14
Reception 2-3PM
Award Ceremony 3-4PM


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Art History Senior Symposium
and keynote speaker Tim McCall


Please mark your calendars for the art history senior symposium: Saturday, April 13! The day will be filled with presentations from the art history seniors, and will culminate in a talk at 4:00pm by Dr. Timothy McCall (Villanova University), entitled "The Fair Princes of Renaissance Italy: Male Beauty, Radiance, and Rule." The schedule for the Art History Senior's presentations can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Click here to view or download the schedule for this event.

Timothy McCall is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of History at Villanova University. Physical beauty — often described as brilliant or light-emitting — was commonly invoked as an aspect of nobility and lordliness in Renaissance Italy, where beauty was a potent ideological tool wielded to legitimize power through visual imagery, spectacle, and literary praise. These radiant bodies were charismatic, drawing desires and gazes towards them, and beauty served as a marker of social status as much as of sexual desirability. The ideal of the blond, fair prince is one to which Renaissance princes almost always aspired, but yet one which must not be taken to be natural or inevitable. This talk will explore the ways in which correlations between whiteness, power, and beauty were fundamental to aristocratic structures and ideologies of rule.

Symposium: Saturday, 13 April, 2013
9:30am–5pm (coffee at 9:00am)
Bartlett Center 109

Timothy McCall Keynote Lecture
Saturday, 13 April, 2013 @ 4:00-5:00pm
Bartlett Center 109

Click here to view or download the flyer for the keynote lecture.

For more information email jennifer.borland@okstate.edu

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Christina Burke to give a lecture
on Native American Art at
the Bartlett Center

Christina Burke

Christina Burke, Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art will be giving a lecture entitled Tracing a Tradition: Native American Painting in the 20th Century. The lecture will be held Tuesday, March 12, at 3:30pm in the Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts, Room 109. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
Where: Bartlett Center Room 109

This talk is supported by OSU's Program in American Studies.


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Jewelry Artist Dukno Yoon to speak at the Bartlett Center for the opening reception of Wings: Kinetic Sculpture and Jewelry by Dukno Yoon.

Dukno Yoon

Dukno Yoon, Segmented Wings 2, sterling silver, 7" x 4" x 4", 2004

There will be an opening reception, demonstation and artist lecture to go along with the Wings: Kinetic Sculpture and Jewelery by Dukno Yoon exhibit. The opening reception, demonstration and artist lecture will be on Thursday, February 7 in the Bartlett Center with jewelry artist Dukno Yoon.

Intrigued by machines and their movements, Dukno Yoon explores mechanical structure as his artistic language. His wearable kinetic works are intended to exist between jewelry and sculpture. They stand independently while their close connection to the body creates an intimate relationship with the audience. This exhibition draws a body of work from several series, noted for recreating complicated structures and realistic movements of wings. For Yoon, fragile wings constrained and controlled by machine become a metaphor for how people should perceive nature in modern times.

Dukno Yoon currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Kansas State University. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Korea and Japan. Yoon received his MFA in the metal program from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 2003.

Also that day, in Room 404 Bartlett Center, there will be a Jewelery Studio Demonstration of how Mr. Yoon creates his kinetic jewelery
Room 404 Bartlett Center
2:00-4:30 pm

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Reception 5-6 pm in the Gardiner Art Gallery
Artist Lecture 6-7 pm in the Bartlett Center 109

This exhibit will run in the Gardiner Art Gallery from February 4 until March 1, 2013.


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A Lecture by Illustrator Scott Dawson to Celebrate the Illustrator 54 Exhibition at the Gardiner Gallery

Marcos Chin

Textile by Marcos Chin. Media: Digital print. Dimensions: 23.5" x 19" Year: 2011.

Join us for a lecture by Scott Dawson, a Wichita-based illustrator with over 20 years of experience in the field of graphic design. His work has been commissioned by numerous companies, advertising agencies, and design firms around the world.

The Illustrator 54 exhibition features forty pieces of the most outstanding works selected from The Illustrators Annual, a competition open to artists worldwide. Click here to see the Illustrator 54 Flyer!

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Reception 5-6 pm
Artist Lecture 6-7 pm
Bartlett Center 109


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Dr. Angela Miller is the author of several award-winning books and one of the leading scholars in American art and visual culture from the nineteenth century to the present. She will be giving a free public lecture on November 28 at 5:30pm in Bartlett Center Room 109.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Room 109, Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts

For more information contact Dr. Louise Siddons: louise.siddons@okstate.edu

Click here to view the event flyer!


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A Lecture by Catherine E. Clark

C'etait Paris en 1970

C'etait Paris en 1970:
Amateur Photography, Urbanism, and Photographic History

A lecture by Catherine E. Clark, PhD Candidate
Department of History and Visual Studies
University of Southern California

She will speak Friday, February 17th in Room 104 at the Bartlett Center at 12:30pm

For more information contact Cristina Gonzalez: cristina.gonzalez@okstate.edu

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Western Painter, Sonya Terpening, to Speak at the Bartlett Center

Kate Johnson

Oklahoma State University alumna Sonya Terpening, the first visiting artist at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, N.M., will visit Stillwater to speak about her experience. The Western watercolor and oil painter spent 20 days last summer exploring the community she calls a Mecca for artists. Sonya was the first artist to receive the Smelser-Vallion Artist Award at the Doel Reed Center last summer.

She will speak March 17, 2011 from 5-6 pm at the Bartlett Center
in room 109.


To see more of her work visit: www.sonyaterpening.com

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Oklahoma Conference of
Art Historians Meets at OSU

Historians in Lecture Hall

The annual Oklahoma Conference of Art Historians was held on March 5, 2011 at Oklahoma State University’s Bartlett Center for the Arts.  Art historians from across the state of Oklahoma, including faculty, students, and museum professionals, attended an all-day symposium featuring speakers from several Oklahoma institutions.  The conference is intended as an opportunity to share research and network with colleagues across the state.

The event also served as a fundraising opportunity for the students involved in the Art History Organization, a student-run group that organizes a wide range of events related to art and art history.

The speakers included:

Angela Summers, University of Oklahoma, Venus of Botticelli’s La Primavera: A Classical and Archetypal Perspective in Relation to the Lives of Quattrocento Florentine Women

Susan Green, Philbrook Museum of Art, Philbrook’s Cupid and Psyche Tapestries: A Story of Romance, Royalty and Redecoration

Louise Siddons, Oklahoma State University, “They Are a Queer Looking Lot”: Representing Lesbian Identity in the 1930s

Kirsten Olds, University of Tulsa, Decadence-Drunk: Performing Identity in Los Angeles Circa 1973

Kelsey Royce, University of Tulsa, Hysterical Specter Between Daumier’s Le nouveau Œdipe devant le nouveau Sphinx

Marcella Sirhandi, Oklahoma State University, Contesting the Suppression of Women in Contemporary Pakistani Art

Genevieve Gamache, Oklahoma State University, Political Crisis, Modern Buddhist Community and Local Eco-art in Thailand:  A Look at a Community-based Artistic Project in Northern Thailand

Selena Capraro, Texas Tech University, The Effects of an Artist’s Image on His Artwork

Bobby Anderson, University of Oklahoma, Medieval Tablet Weavings and Their Use in St. Cuthbert’s Vestments

Shannon Bever, University of Oklahoma, Frederic Remington and Recording of Oklahoma Life Post-Removal

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Seattle Artist Barbara Robertson to Speak Tuesday March 1 at 6pm

Barbara Robertson

Seattle-based artist Barbara Robertson is coming to OSU to discuss her work, critique students' work, and provide workshops for OSU students in combining digital technology with traditional art media. Robertson has been invited with the assistance of the College of Arts and Sciences Fine Arts and Humanities Speaker/Artist/Performer Series.

Her website is: http://www.barbararobertsonart.com

Robertson has received numerous national awards, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her work combines art and science is a very particular way. "At the heart of my work are ideas related to space, motion, and light, inspired by current scientific inquiry in the fields of physics, astronomy and biology. I research math sites on the internet for inspiration, reading about how physicists and astronomers use the language of math to work out their theories."

There will be a reception for Robertson at the Gardiner Gallery in the Bartlett Center on March 1st from 5-6. Her lecture will immediately follow in room 109. Please join us!

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