Stillwater News Press


July 12, 2010

Gardiner Art Gallery at Oklahoma State University showcases art and artists

STILLWATER, Okla. — Gardiner Art Gallery at Oklahoma State University offers local residents a chance to see a variety of art and hear from the artists as well.

The gallery brings in outside artists for two shows in the fall and two shows in the spring. Each of those shows includes a free artist’s lecture, art department head Chris Ramsay said.

The gallery doesn’t focus on one type of art only, he said, and the exhibits change every three weeks, so somebody who doesn’t enjoy one show as much doesn’t have long to wait for another.

“We try to mix it up,” Ramsay said.

Last year’s shows included the Society of Illustrators; Allan Packer, who creates paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings of space, machines and myth; Laurie Spencer, who creates organic whistling sculptures and ceramic domes; and Native American artist Benjamin Harjo Jr.

This year’s schedule has not been set entirely yet, Ramsay said, although the 2010-11 school year will start with “24 Works on Paper,” a traveling exhibit from the Individual Artists of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. It features work by 24 artists from 12 Oklahoma cities, all done on paper. Stillwater artist Michelle Himes-McCrory is included in the show, according to the OVAC website.

Other shows planned for next year include exhibits by Roger Shimomura, whose paintings and prints deal with Asian-American issues, and by Bill Goldston, an Oklahoma State University alumnus, who runs Universal Limited Art Editions in New York, Ramsay said.

In addition to visiting artist shows, Gardiner Art Gallery also shows work by OSU students and faculty each year. Art faculty members have an exhibit each fall, and students participate in exhibits in the fall and the spring. Each semester features a studio art exhibit and a graphic design exhibit for students about to graduate with degrees in those fields.

Also in the spring semester is the annual juried student exhibition. That show is open to students in all years, but only work done in art department classes is eligible, Ramsay said.

“It shows a whole range of work done in the department,” he said.

Summer is a different time at Gardiner Art Gallery. The gallery’s funding lasts through the school year, so no funding is usually available for summer shows, Ramsay said. That doesn’t mean it’s closed or empty, however.

A show going up soon will feature works done by students at the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.

The gallery also has a permanent collection, but it is not on display all the time, Ramsay said.

Gardiner Art Gallery, which is housed in the Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, as are the artist lectures and the receptions for exhibit openings. Parking can be a difficulty, but free parking is available across the street on Knoblock, Ramsay said.

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