Gardiner Gallery Exhibitions

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Artists who want to submit their work for consideration: Please contact Gallery Director Teresa Holder.


2016 Oklahoma Arts Conference: Navigating New Landscapes

Tuesday, October 25 – 26 2016

Wes Watkins Center, Oklahoma State University 
Stillwater, OK

The 2016 Oklahoma Arts Conference will outfit artists, nonprofit administrators, board members, community developers, educators, and others with the tools needed to make steadfast progress toward achieving their goals.

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Robert Turney: The Real History of the American Civil War


 Thursday, August 17 – Friday, September 23 2016

The dioramas of Robert Turney recreate actual battes fought during the American Civil War, with the addition of hand-painted figurines, toy dinosaurs, pirates, a muscle car, a Gay Pride cotillion, a talking dolphin and a Panzer tank. The story of our Civil War has slipped from tragic history to romanticized myth, or worse, from the stench of death lingering over countless battlefields, to a genteel nostalgia suitable for a PBS documentary. “The Real History of the American Civil War” extends this propagandistic metaphor to the point where death and gore become play.


Intrigue and Impressions: 25 Years of Printmaking

25yr print

 Monday, June 22 - Friday, August 5 2016

In recognition of the longstanding tradition of excellence in printmaking at Oklahoma State University, Intrigue and Impressions: 25 Years of Printmaking  is a graduate student-curated exhibition drawn from the the collection of Mark Sisson, the OSU printmaking professor. This exhibition features prints from a variety of artists within the past twenty-five years. The contributing artists, including Professor Sisson, form a group of interconnected printmakers from across the nation. Our goal is to demonstrate how networks of printmakers interact through participation in print exchange portfolios and the variety of techniques, materials, and content these portfolios encompass. Each has his or her own style and message, but all are also aware of and shaped by their relationship with the group. The connections between the artists, as well as the intriguing, and often innovative, artworks that arise out of them are the central focus of this show. This exhibition was made possible by the Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History, OSU Student Fees, the College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Institutional Diversity, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the OSU Graduate and Professional Student Government Association. 


Tour de Quartz

IMG 9306 quartz mt 2016

Monday, May 16 - Friday, June 17 2016

Tour de Quartz is a selection of artwork created by Oklahoma high school students during the 2015 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI). During their two-week residency at Quartz Mountain, students are immersed in one of nine artistic disciplines and taught by nationally renowned artists. Former faculty members include winners of the Academy, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards and the Pulitzer Prize. The Tour de Quartz student artists, as well as literary and performing artists, are selected through competitive statewide auditions. Every accepted student automatically receives a full scholarship to the program. Auditions take place January through March at locations across the state. More information is available at


Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Exhibition

Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Elizabeth Brocato Forage

 Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 15 2016

This exhibition presents work by graphic design students graduating in May of 2016 with their BFA degrees. Work on view represents all areas of study – digital animation, web design, advertising design, and branding design. This work represents the culmination of each student’s artistic development, achieved after several years of experimentation, research and critical thinking.


Senior Studio Capstone Exhibition

Scout Senior Studio Capstone Exhibition

Monday, March 21 – Friday, April 1 2016

This exhibition presents the work of students graduating in May of 2016 with their BFA degrees in studio art.
 Works on view include paintings, drawings, metalwork,
 and sculpture, and represent our students’ achievements obtained through their rigorous course of study at OSU. Mentored by faculty, students demonstrate their command of artistic techniques and professional exhibition practices, as well as critical thinking and communication skills.


Kimberly Schaefer: Incorporeal

Kimberly Schaefer

 Wednesday, February 17 - Wednesday, March 16 2016

The work of Kimberly Schaefer features colorful abstractions inter-layered with human figures. By representing the human form in this manner, Schaefer is able to investigate some of the larger ideas embodied in our humanity, centered on identity, relationships, and the play between the tangible and intangible. Inspired by the miraculous spectacle of the natural world, Schaefer focuses her work on the marvelous and energizing as well as the sometimes dangerous and harmful consequences of such emotions.

Artist Kimberly Schaefer will conduct a workshop that addresses the challenges faced when the human form is contrasted with abstraction. Working from a live model, the artist will lead participants through the various methods of drawing from life and how to achieve an accurate depiction of the human body. Participants will have the opportunity to explore these ideas and techniques personally with the artist.

Christy Georg: Survey

Christy Georg

 Monday, January 11 - Friday, February 12 2016

Inspired by travel and research in varied landscapes- lately the American West, sailing the Eastern Seaboard, and the Norwegian Arctic, Georg reflects on the history and importance of discovery, voyaging, and striking out into the unknown. The focused endurance of flora and fauna to flourish in harsh climates, and likewise, the endurance of hardy and curious explorers traversing such lands, inspires a true willfulness of existence which compels the subject of her work.

Creating sculptural instruments and devices which function either actually, or metaphorically, the meticulous craftsmanship lends them authority as functional objects, but upon inspection may seem quite absurd, fetishistic, alchemical, or otherwise uncanny. Their elusive, esoteric function tickles curiosity and speculation.