20x20 Posters for a Peace, is a project that was cofounded by Pouya Jahanshahi and first exhibited at Gardiner Gallery in 2017. Since then it has traveled throughout the US, Mexico and Iran, displaying Posters for Peace from artists of these regions - as a sign of solidarity. This years exhibit travel to China for 2019 United Nations day for peace and joined with 20 posters of peace by Chinese designers, at the Wenzhou Library Gallery. 

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Dr. Jennifer Borland and Dr. Louise Siddons were recently furtured in the College of Arts and Sciences 2019 Connect Magazine discussing their academic article "Yay or Neigh? Fredric Remington's Bronco Buster. Public Art and Socially Engaged Art History Pedagogy." 
The article is about their use of public art to teach more community-focused and civically-engaged art history.

The CAS Connect article can be read here.

Connet Magazine 2019 can be found here.

 For more of their reflections on the project, see this additional blog post, “Collaboration and Cowboys: Community-based Engaged Art History in the Classroom”

Block 34, a vacant, city-owned lot in downtown Stillwater that has been targeted for redevelopment as a public green space, became a little more colorful Monday as the fence surrounding its large wind turbine was transformed into a colorful expression of art. Yatika Fields, a renowned Native American painter and muralist from Stillwater, collaborated with Pouya Jahanshahi, a Graphics Design Professor at Oklahoma State University, to transform plain wood into swirling windswept patterns in vibrant colors. They worked in a variety of acrylic paints, using both brushes and spray paint to create a dynamic design reflective of the wind turbine itself, expressing the idea of “energy” in all its forms and creating a visual “mystic poem” that reflects the energy of the wind being captured in the towering wind turbine above and in places, echoes the shapes of the turbines themselves.

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Dr. Louise Siddons will give a paper titled “Lesbian Invasion: Road Trips, Queer Freedom, and Settler Colonialism on the Navajo Nation,” in a session on “Crossing America: Road Matters in Art, Photography, and Visual Culture,” chaired by Peter Han-Chih Wang (Butler University) and David Smucker (Pratt Institute) at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC, https://secacart.org/) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The conference will be held October 16-19, 2020, and the panel is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 from 10am - 3pm.

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Dr. Louise Siddons will chair a session entitled “Caught on Film,” at the Southwest Art History Conference (SWAHC, https://www.southwestarthistory.org/) in Taos, New Mexico. The conference will be held October 9-11, 2020, at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and Prof. Siddons’ session is scheduled for 2:30 on Thursday, October 10. Speakers in the session include Wendy Marie Castanell (University of Alabama), Ellen Macfarlane (University of Southern California), and James Swensen (Brigham Young University).

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In Feb – May 2019, Associate Professor Shaoqian Zhang was a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, where she taught one art history seminar on East and West artistic and cultural exchange. During this time, she delivered one public lecture at the 798 art zone, titled “Immortal Image and Mortal Body: Chinese Political Portraits at Their Crossroad in the Early Twentieth Century.” She also participated in the conference at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, “Revolution and Art - Commemorating the Centennial Birthday of Gu Yuan.” Her paper was titled: “Traversing the media · Re-shaping the theme: Gu Yuan’s Watercolor Paintings in the 1950s-60s.”

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