Off the Wall: Coming soon to a museum near you

Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.



It’s 2016! We can’t believe it either. A new year brings with it a new round of exciting exhibitions, installations, and events! I’ve heard that some people choose to make ‘New Years Resolutions’ at this time of year. Since we both know you’re not going to do that “work up to running a marathon in six months” program you bought, we think you should instead resolve to come to all of the following FJJMA programs. Museums make the BEST resolutions, because it combines art, air conditioning, and not running!


The first exhibition of the new year will open on January 21, 2016. Galileo’s World: An Artful Observation of the Cosmos will be presented in conjunction with a campus-wide exhibition celebrating the University of Oklahoma’s 125th anniversary. Galileo observed for the first time mountains on the moon, and four satellites orbiting Jupiter. He reported all of this in 1610 in the Starry Messenger. These sensational telescopic discoveries would have been impossible were it not for Galileo’s training and experience in Renaissance art. An Artful Observation of the Cosmos combines works from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s permanent collection with books from the Bizzell Memorial Library.

The spring will also bring the 102nd Annual School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition. This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by art and art history students from the University of Oklahoma. Multiple awards with cash prizes are presented to students, including the top award, the T.G. Mays Purchase Award, which is offered to a student whose artwork becomes a part of the museum’s permanent collection.


For 2016, we are busy conceptualizing plans for future trips. Springtime in the Dallas-Fort Worth art scene promises impressive exhibitions focusing on artists like Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella, and Caillebotte. Plans have yet to be finalized, but FJJMA members should watch the mail for trip announcements in the upcoming weeks. For future artful experiences, we are hoping to journey across west Texas to immerse ourselves in a truly distinctive art experience. Marfa, Texas is internationally known for its unique contemporary art that defies the constraints of gallery walls. Trip attendees will have the opportunity to explore the Judd Foundation, a network of fifteen separate spaces that preserve the legacy and art of Donald Judd. We hope to include on this trip an exploration of the breathtaking Big Bend National Park, and experience the fifth largest telescope in the world at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis. We couldn’t be more excited to share the experience with trip attendees, but such an elaborate trip will require more planning before we can provide exact dates for the excursion!




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