Off the Wall: And the Award Goes to…

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

Written while thinking about the awesome moms in our collection.



For today’s blog post, we would like to spotlight the awesome student artists who went home with awards from the 103rd Annual School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition!


The T.G. Mays Purchase Award was established in 1961, when we were still the University of Oklahoma Museum of Art, the Beatles had yet to release their first album, and Barbie had just met her boyfriend. This award is significant because the recipient’s piece enters the museum’s permanent collection. This year, Stephanie O’Donnell’s Pine Needles in Motion won this prestigious award. Composed mostly of pine needles, the work could function as a basket, yet the undulating walls of the work manipulate volume in a manner that is more sculptural than utilitarian. The organic form of Pine Needles in Motion appears to shift and move in space as though animate. O’Donnell’s piece compliments the museum’s growing basket collection and is a wonderful addition to a distinguished list of acquisitions from the student exhibition.


This year’s Oscar B. Jacobson Award went to Danielle Weigandt’s Memories in Time. Her installation is composed of hundreds of unfired, molded clay cubes, arranged on the floor around silhouettes of the artist’s legs. For nearly six hours, Danielle sat on the gallery floor in various positions as she carefully placed the cubes around her legs to form negative space within the collection of cubes. Every detail of this work emphasizes Danielle’s process, from the hand-molded cubes which bear the traces of her fingers, to the voids which now describe her absence. While the work is essentially composed of clay, it challenges the stereotypical expectations of ceramic, which for many means pots and vessels. Memories in Time is as much about the process as the finished object, and heavily relies on the location of the work’s installation.


This exhibition has been going on for 103 years, and the T.G. Mays Purchase Award has been around for more than 50. Needless to say, it would be impossible to exhibit every purchased work at all times. However, there is a spot on campus where you can see a bunch of past award winners on display for your enjoyment! Stop by the computer lab in the Bizzell Memorial Library and take a look at the artwork around the room. As students hunker down in the library for long study sessions and finals prep, we hope that seeing works by other students will spark some inspiration and creativity into their studies.


Closing Sunday: The 103rd Annual School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition is only on display through Sunday, May 14, 2017! Celebrate Mother’s Day by visiting the art museum with your mom, and take a look at these award-winning works, and the other fantastic pieces in the exhibition. We are open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is always free!



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