Chris Ramsay, MFA
Professor Ramsay received his BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art (1984) and an MFA from Texas Tech University (1986) focusing in the area of Jewelry and Metals. He permanently joined the OSU Department of Art faculty in 1990 and served as Department Head from 2009-2012. Ramsay’s lifelong commitment to teaching has been recognized with several awards including the OSU College of Arts and Sciences Wise, Diggs, Berry “Excellence in Teaching Award” (2002), “Outstanding Educator of the Year” from the Oklahoma Art Education Association (2013), and receipt of the Oklahoma “Governor’s Arts Award” in Arts Education (2019). In addition to teaching at OSU, Ramsay presents workshops and lectures on his artwork around the country, including: Penland School of Arts and Crafts, N.C., Haystack School of Crafts, ME., and Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Ramsay has been awarded Artist-in-Residencies at the Oregon School for Arts and Crafts, Acadia (Maine) and Crater Lake (Oregon) National Parks. In 2016 Ramsay was awarded a year-long Tulsa Artist Fellowship where he worked at the Hardesty Tulsa FabLab learning new CAD/CAM processes. Ramsay’s work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States including the American Craft Museum in New York and Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago. His work can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, The Children’s Hospital of Cleveland, OH., and Southern Living Magazine botanical gardens, Birmingham, AL.
In describing his artwork Ramsay states: “As an artist I am concerned with the subtle, yet, dramatic relationship between all components of our environment. To fulfill the requirements of this idea, my artwork utilizes a variety of media, form, and scale. I integrate collected objects into my work as a metaphor for the cycle of change that all materials and objects are affected by, including myself. This process provides a vehicle for me to consider my place on earth and my part in nature. I begin with objects that I have collected in flea markets or found while on walks. The materials can be both manmade and natural and are often aged or eroded in some way-- evidencing change. I fabricate structures that have a form relative to the theme of the piece to insert these objects or I sometimes literally work into larger objects that I find such as globes and large stones.”