Off the Wall: Return of the Faculty Show

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

Written while thinking about the weekend.


“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” -John Steinbeck



Offered on the heels of the popular annual student exhibition, the School of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition features work by University of Oklahoma faculty across multiple art disciplines and media. The last faculty show opened in 2004, the same year Mean Girls hit the silver screen, and renowned musicians Snoop Dogg and Pharrell graced us with the release of Drop it Like it’s Hot, an American classic. It was also the year I turned eleven, in case you were wondering why this blog seems to be written by a child. 2004 also saw the reopening of the FJJMA after our year-long $14 million renovation project. It featured works by 22 faculty members that demonstrated their various disciplines ranging from ceramics to design, and everything in between. This year’s faculty exhibition is titled Vision | Revision: The School of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition, because The School of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition just wasn’t long enough for our registrars to earn their keep making titles fit in an aesthetically pleasing way onto labels.


Art History:

Robert’s work on conceptual art and conceptualism has resulted in two books: a monograph titled Art & Language International: Conceptual Art between Art Worlds (Duke, 2016) and a volume of Terry Smith’s writings that he edited and introduced, One and Five Ideas: On Conceptual Art and Conceptualism (Duke, forthcoming). At present, Bailey is working on a book about artistic efforts to politicize cognitive labor in the knowledge economies of the twenty-first century.


Rozmeri’s research is related to examination and interpretation of inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural issues in Carolingian, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine traditions. She presented and published her papers worldwide and is an active participant in numerous professional organizations.


She has worked in the museum field as Guest Curator of the exhibit “Kayak, Umiak, Canoe” at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and as Education Coordinator at the Rhode Island Historical Society.  In 2009, she received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico after completing her dissertation, “False Closure: Narratives of Trauma, Healing, and American Nationhood.”


His teaching at OU has included introductory and advanced courses in American Art History and the Art of the American West, Undergraduate Methods, Graduate Methods, and a suite of rotating seminars in Visual Analysis, Material Cultural, and Critical Issues in Recent Art History at the core of the graduate curriculum.


Dr. Palmer currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in art from the Renaissance through the 18th century, as well as several interdisciplinary humanities courses for the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma.


Before taking his current position as director of the Charles M. Russell Center and the University of Oklahoma Press, Price spent nearly 25 years in the museum profession. He served as executive director of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas (1982-1986); the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City (1987-1996); and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming (1996-2001).


W. Jackson Rushing III is Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art. He is a former fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation at Brown University, the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Bette is Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University. Her work as a scholar focuses on the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance, and on issues of sexuality and gender.


As an artist and prize-winning photographer, Youritzin has exhibited paintings in the juried 27th Annual Louisiana State Art Exhibition for Professional Artists (State Capitol, Baton Rouge, 1971) and in museum and other venues. His photographs have appeared in the Italian ELLE magazine (January 2005) and in books in English, Spanish, and Japanese.


Eric has designed more than 50 major books and publications in the past several years and recognition has included the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award (design) in 2012 for his design of The Eugene B. Adkins Collection and in 2009 for his design of Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment; his design of Lanterns on the Prairie: The Blackfeet Photographs of Walter McClintock was a finalist  in 2010.


Stuart’s work is a combination of two-dimensional imagery on three-dimensional porcelain vessels and explores one of the most underrated industries produced and perfected in this country, the business of popular culture.  He taught full-time and headed the ceramics/3-D program at Oklahoma City University and was a finalist for the campus wide Professor of the Year before heading down the road to join the faculty at OU.


Marwin Begaye

Marwin Begaye, Printmaking/Painting

Marwin’s research has been concentrated on the issues of cultural identity, especially the intersection of traditional American Indian culture and pop culture. He has also conducted research in the technical aspects of relief printing and the use of mixed-media.


Jason’s research examines the American character and its construction through history, popular culture and mythology. Utilizing characters and images drawn from popular culture, he explores the way Americans view themselves and their country.


Tom has 15 years’ experience as a professional graphic designer, freelancer, and owner of studiotwentysix2, working with clients such as Sony, Disney, Benetton, and United Way. His interests and research focus on typographic experimentation, entrepreneurship, mixed-media exploration, and design thinking.


Bob Dohrmann, Core

Bob turned his research interests to digital media in 2001. His most recent body of works includes experimental video shorts, audio mash-ups, and nonlinear interactive web-based media. The majority of these works are conceptually rooted in digital mash-up and RE/Mix strategies.


Cathleen works with photography, video, and installation to highlight ideas of self-empowerment, unseen forces, and human constraint. Faubert was awarded an ART365 Project Grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition in 2013.


Pete Froslie

Pete Froslie, ATC

Pete’s artwork tells stories through the use of the database form. The work manifests physically as electromechanical sculpture, and is extended through varying media as it borrows from history to create mythological fictions.


Jonathan’s research interests include digital fabrication (CNC), CAD, 3-D printing, and public art. Aside from teaching studio and technical based courses in these areas, he also teaches The Business of Art: Professional Practices to prepare students for real world success in their creative practice.


He received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington in 1994 and an MFA in Printmaking from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 2003. Prior to his arrival at OU, he taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Richmond Art Center , and the California College of the Arts.


Challenging the notion of the static art object and traditional studio practice, Daren’s site-responsive installations provide a sculptural framework for the production of cultural artifacts and improvisational events. Material forms are constructed, destroyed, and evolve with an inner logic under the provision of potential change, shifting attention from the object of study to the labor of its production.


Yoon’s interests and research focus on creating new narrative from the primary sources like archival documents, public databases, and historical collections and examining these primary sources that nourish generations of new histories.


Paul Moore

Paul Moore, Sculpture

Moore has sculpted more than 130 commissions for numerous municipal, corporate, private, and international collections. His work is in the U.S. Capital Collection and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and in 2008, his portrait of Dr. Thomas Rees, one of the three founding members of the Flying Doctors of East Africa, was unveiled at their main headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa.


V’lou has done numerous installations, including New Jersey, the Garden State at individual Artists of Oklahoma in 1992. The red clay she now uses in her large vessels (perhaps an Oklahoma influence), illuminates the colorful glazes in her zany, sophisticated artistic statements.


Sohail has received an impressive list of public and private commissions in bronze and marble as well as multiple awards. He created several sculptures that are permanently displayed on the campus of the University of Oklahoma as well as numerous public and private commissions of prominent individuals.


For many years Todd’s concerns as an artist have centered on the relationships between history, myth, and culture. This work has included a growing exploration of the American Landscape and a continued examination of the question: does place hold memory?


Karen’s work has been acknowledged in Print Magazine, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and WIPI. She has been the recipient of the Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Peer Recognition Award, and the School of Art and Art History Colleague’s Award.


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