Oklahoma Pride: The Next 50 Years of Oklahoma Art

On Display | January 19 - April 8, 2017

The First 50 Years of Art in Oklahoma was about early Oklahoman artists, who became advisers to Oklahoma on the appreciation of art. The Oklahoma Pioneer Artists were the catalyst of fine art in Oklahoma, art education and the development of art museums.

Artists in the wake of WWII took a new look at creative expression and progressive politics, like T.C. Cannon and Jack Vallee. They had a different visual perception about the changes that were taking place and what was happening in the world. Artists such as Eugene Bavinger, Doel Reed and Wallace Owens Jr,, along with other artists of the time, focused on self-expression, self-discovery and concepts beyond arts ordinary function. The use of different materials, textures, surfaces and unconventional elements will be represented through painting, printmaking, and sculpture exhibited.

Opening Reception

Thursday, January 19 | 5 -7 p.m.

  • Free to the public
  • RSVPs are encouraged but not required to Marissa Raglin at 405.523.3231.

Lecture 1 | Educators & Success of Their Students

February 16, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.

Lecture lead by: Suzanne Thomas Justice

A day in the life of Community College Art Department can be perilous, overwhelming and exhausting. It is also an opportunity to have a positive impact on the next generation of artists, beyond academic teaching skills and techniques. What does it mean to teach? And how do you teach the gifted student without feeling competitive? What steps can academicians take to ensure an authentic and credible learning environment for their students and still maintain their own creative endeavors?

Lecture 2 | Art Since World War II

March 16, 2017 | 6:00 p.m.

Lecture lead by Wallace Owens Jr.

In order to understand American Art after World War II, we must review prior art movements. These include Impressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Abstract Expressionism, and the Post WWII Armory Show. The Impressionists broke away from the academic syntax and began to emphasize light, movement, and the unorthodox methods of applying and using color. The Cubists used geometry and the liberated use of color, breaking nature down into its basic forms. The Abstract artists led the way into what we call Modern Art. The Post WWII Armory Show Army Show and the re-evaluation of Futurism in the America art scene. World War II exposed many GIs to the European aesthetics. Upon returning to America, those GIs became involved in the arts. The GI Bill encouraged Universities to expand their curricula to encompass the arts. The decades following World War II featured many art movements in the USA.

Contact Marissa Raglin for more information about this exhibit.

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