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Artists who want to submit their work for consideration: Please contact Gallery Director Cassidy Petrazzi.


Above: Works by students on display in the Gardiner Gallery at OSU

Tour de Quartz Exhibition
June 9 - June 25 2014
Gardiner Gallery of Art 
Oklahoma State University

Tour de Quartz is a selection of artwork created by Oklahoma high school students during the 2013 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI). During their two week residency at Quartz Mountain, students are immersed in one of the nine artistic fields and taught by nationally renowned artists. Former faculty members include winners of the Academy, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy awards and the Pulitzer Prize. The 2013 drawing and printmaking students were taught by Jose and Cynthia Rodriguez of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Troy Word, an OSAI alumnus who now lives in Massachusetts, led the photography students.

The Tour de Quartz student artists, as well as literary and performing artists, are selected by competitive statewide auditions. Every accepted student automatically receives full scholarship to the program.



Above (Detail): Tony Tiger, Essence of Being, Acrylic on paper and panel

May 20 - June 4, 2014

“My art is fueled by the rediscovery of being. We are more than reflections in a mirror; we are soul and spirit. Life’s complexities, wonders, and mystery allow me, as an artist, the opportunity to participate in practiced observation; creating art.” - Tony Tiger

Tony Tiger: Full Consciousness of Being is a traveling exhibition featuring the work of prominent Native American artist, Tony Tiger. His work uses symbol and metaphor to convey his message and expression of spirit and faith. He describes his work as the result of a “creative journey of understanding,” an active attempt to engage all of his senses with ours – in order that we might be transformed in our own journeys. This exhibition is intended to present contemporary Native work that raises awareness and encourages discussion about the ideas that challenge and inspire our community. The beauty of the colors, patterns, shapes, and surfaces invite the viewer into the work, and allow for a closer look to see the spiritual discursivity among the works.



Above: Green Blue Mountain by Xiaohong Zhang

February 17 - March 21, 2014

Xiaohong Zhang
Associate Professor of Art
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Across the Divide presents the work of eighteen Chinese artists who are currently teaching studio art in universities across the United States. This exhibition provides an opportunity to examine the shared experience of Chinese artists entangled with individual endeavors negotiating their cultural roots, while pursuing professional artistic careers in the U.S. Most of them have a complex relationship with China, which has embarked on one of the most dramatic social and economic transformations witnessed in recent history.

The artists in this exhibition received their graduate training in art in the United States and they all hold teaching positions in art programs across the country. Drawing on their disparate experiences of living in both the United States and China, these artists are involved in cross-disciplinary experiments in visual arts as they create their own interpretations of the impact of globalization.

This exhibition is developed in collaboration with the Brick City Gallery at Missouri State University and the Department of Art at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.


Research Week2014


The eight winners of the Research Week Art Competition have been announced. Students were asked to:

Create a work of art that embodies the role of artists in communicating the meaning of science to the general public. The theme is simply, "Science."

Purchase Award Winners
Randall Barnes, "Eutrophication Diagram"
Zach Miller, “Fool’s Gold”

Honorable Mention Award Winners
Morgan Cravey, “New Life”
Paxton Maddox, “Do You See What I See"
Dylan West, “Scientific Influence of Pop Culture”
Parker Jones, “Life’s Root”
Herman Kohlmeyer, “E.W.F.”
Addie Stunkard, “Strength Within Beauty”

Research Week
February 18 - March 21, 2014

Research Gala
February 18, 2014

*In addition to the 8 Research Week art winners, one of our honorable mention artists, senior studio art major Herman Kohlmeyer has recieved a Dean's Showcase award. Herman's painting, "E.W.F." will hang in the Dean's office. We want to congratulate Herman on this additional distinguished purchase award.


Roundtable series


In conjunction with the Art and Graphic Design Faculty Exhibition, the art history faculty and graduate students will present a series of roundtable discussions focusing on their recent research. Students and community members will learn about exciting topics from each presenter's research and publication projects. In concert with the Faculty Exhibition, this Roundtable Series will present the excellence in scholarship and practice recently achieved by all members of the Department of Art, Graphic Design, And Art History.


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Left to right: Get a Grip, ebonized walnut, maple, and paint, 49" x 29" x 20", 2012;Here & There, ebonized walnut, paint, mixed media, wood, silver leaf, flocking, & glitter, 57" x 20" x 14", 2013; The Great Escape, ebonized walnut, and taxidermy pheasant, 65" x 37" x 17", 2012

January 13 - February 14, 2014

This exhibition features a selection of recent sculptural works by Mark H. Cowardin, who explores the intersection of humans and the natural world. He is interested in the disconnection between people and the origins of the objects they consume, and how the consumption of resources alters the environment. Cowardin is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Johnson County Community College in Kansas. His works are included in numerous public and private collections.



November 20 - December 06 2013

This exhibition celebrates senior studio art students graduating in December 2013 with BFA degrees. Works on view feature painting, drawing, metalwork, and sculpture, and represent 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 practice.