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Untitled by Paul Maxwell, Mixed media, 32" X 23, NFS

Bavinger’s art education was interrupted by his military involvement in 1942, which he said directly affected his outlook on the world and his art. Maxwell developed and patented an artistic technique of stencil casting, which became known as the “Maxwell Pochoir.”

Owens did not only serve in the war but also was able to apply his G.I. Bill to his art education. Owens will be giving a lecture on March 16, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Gaylord-Pickens Museum’s Devon Energy Classroom. Owens continues to express himself with his art and support of other Oklahoma artists through his nonprofit, Owens Art Place Museum in Guthrie, OK. Swineford, a regionalist artist, served in Africa during the war. Swineford who believed “use what can be found”, made most of his own tools. In fact he used left over guns from the war in some of his sculptures.

These modern Oklahoma artists were fantastic to research and learn from, sadly most are no longer living. Those who are, including Joan Hill, Wallace Owens, and Harold Stevenson, are living treasures. Their students, some who have gone on to make a name for themselves in the arts, Sherri McGraw, Ed Ruscha, and Leon Polk Smith while others continue the “Oklahoma Pride” artists’ legacy by becoming art educators themselves.

Owens did not only serve in the war but also was able to apply his G.I. Bill to his art education. Owens will be giving a lecture on March 16, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Gaylord-Pickens Museum’s Devon Energy Classroom. Owens continues to express himself with his art and support of other Oklahoma artists through his nonprofit, Owens Art Place Museum in Guthrie, OK. Swineford, a regionalist artist, served in Africa during the war. Swineford who believed “use what can be found”, made most of his own tools. In fact he used left over guns from the war in some of his sculptures.

These modern Oklahoma artists were fantastic to research and learn from, sadly most are no longer living. Those who are, including Joan Hill, Wallace Owens, and Harold Stevenson, are living treasures. Their students, some who have gone on to make a name for themselves in the arts, Sherri McGraw, Ed Ruscha, and Leon Polk Smith while others continue the “Oklahoma Pride” artists’ legacy by becoming art educators themselves.

Oklahoma Pride: The Next 50 Years of Oklahoma Art will be on display through April 8. Two lectures will be held in conjunction with this exhibit:

Educators & Success of Their Students

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

Lecture lead by: Suzanne Thomas Justice

Art Since World War II

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

Lecture lead by Wallace Owens Jr.