Department of Fine Arts

Mr. Denny Schmickle

Mr. Denny Schmickle

Department Head and Associate Professor
Baird Hall, Room 217C



  • M.F.A., Graphic Design
    University of Nebraska, 2006
  • B.S., Graphic Design and Studio Art
    College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO, 2002
  • Semester Abroad, Communications and Design
    Ichthus Hogeschol, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2000

Professional Experience

  • 2013-Present, Department Head, Department of Fine Arts
  • 2012-Present, Associate Professor
  • 2006-2012, Assistant Professor
    Rogers State University, Claremore, OK
    • Courses teaching: Art Appreciation, Graphic Design 1 & 2, Typography, Art Marketing, Artistic Web Design, Artistic Authoring & Animation, Graphic Design History, Printmaking, Applied/Package Design
    • Other activities: Student Advising, Graphic Design for the Department of Fine Arts and Theatre Presentations

  • 2006-2007, Poster Designer
    The Melvins and High On Fire
    • Freelance poster design and printing for nationally touring acts

  • 2005-2006, Poster Designer
    The Clean Part Reading Series
    • Designed and screenprinted all posters for poetry reading series held at Tugboat Gallery

  • 2005-2006, Poster Designer
    Tugboat Gallery
    • Designed and screenprinted all posters and handbills for art exhibits held at Tugboat Gallery

  • 2005-2006, Art Director and Designer
    PaperGarden Records
    • Responsibilities include all media for label and signed bands including websites, t-shirts, CD packaging, buttons, etc.

  • 2004-2006, Graphic Designer
    EMI Records
    • Freelance graphic design including CD packaging, stickers, and POP

  • 2004-Present, Poster Designer
    One Percent Productions
    • Local venue hosting regional and national touring musical acts

  • 2004-2006, Graduate Teaching Assistant
    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    • Color Theory and Visual Literacy, Beginning Graphic Design, and Basic Typography, as well as freelance design projects for the Art Department

  • 2002-Present, Art Director and Designer 
    Octopus Magazine & Books
    • Online journal of contemporary poetry and literature responsible for all design and coding

  • 2002-2003, Graphic Designer 
    • Contributed to print and web-based design projects including identity programs, advertising, and collateral

  • 2000-2002, Organizer, Art Director, Host
    Symposium, College of the Ozarks
    • Orchestrated the visual identity (posters, flyers, t-shirts, programs) for a monthly showcase of student musicians, writers, artists, and actors; also arranged performers and approved submissions

University Service Activities

  • BFA Capstone Committee
  • BFA Committee
  • University Capstone Committee
  • Student Conduct Committee
  • Advisor to Student Art Association
  • Graphic Design for Department of Fine Arts as well as the University as a whole
  • Participant in annual Faculty Art Exhibit


  • Art Directors of Tulsa
  • Tulsa Young Professionals
  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts

Pro-Bono Projects

  • Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach / Lincoln, NE:
  • Graphic design projects including signage and print materials
  • T.V.Turn-off Week / Dallas,TX:
  • Graphic Design of promotional materials including posters,
  • flyers, and other print materials
  • / Online:
  • Poster design to promote voting awareness


  • 2005 Best in Show in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
  • 2005 Two Golds in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
  • 2005 Silver in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
  • 2005 Four Bronzes in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
  • 2004 Gold in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
  • 2004 Silver in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
  • 2004 Bronze in AIGA Nebraska Student Show
  • 2003 Kimmel Fellowship
  • 2003 Graduate Teaching Assistantship
  • 2001 College of the Ozarks President’s List
  • 2001 Academic Exchange Program Scholarship
  • 1999 College of the Ozarks Alumni Art Award
  • 1998 College of the Ozarks Dean’s List
  • 1997 College of the Ozarks Book Scholarship


Solo Exhibitions

  • April 2007: "Beta Shampoo”, Installation, Print, and Poster exhibition in the Boger Gallery at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri
  • April 2006:"MFA Thesis Exhibition”, Installation and other work, which represented culmination of research and experimentation at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • August 2005:"Lens Flare”, Light-projected installation, monoprint screen-prints and poster show at Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE
  • January 2005:"ZXZ/ADV”, Series of monoprint screen-prints with installation at Baciami, Lincoln, NE
  • June 2004:"Zigzag In A Work Corridor”, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO

Group Exhibitions

  • January 2006:"Tugboat Presents...”, Hotshops, Omaha, NE
  • September 2005:"Black Market Fashion Show”, Screen-printed clothing, group show, Lincoln, NE
  • August 2005:"Graphic Noise”, Poster show at the Smithsonian Museum of Design, Atlanta, GA
  • March 2005:"Flatstock”, Poster show at South By Southwest, Austin, TX
  • December 2004:"Video and New Genres”, Rotunda Gallery, Universtiy of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • November 2004:"MFA In Progress”, Richards Hall, Universtiy of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • February 2004: "I Love You So Much I Could Puke”, Vending machine art show at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO
  • May 2002:"Senior Show”, Boger Art Gallery, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO


  • April 2007, Lecture and Slide Presentation at the College of the Ozarks
  • Spring 2006, Marketing 341 - Presentation on relationships between Graphic Design and Marketing
  • Spring 2006, Haydon Center For the Arts - New Visual Voices: UNL MFA Students Panel discussion regarding the MFA experience at UNL


While living and studying in the Netherlands, my wife and I traveled extensively throughout Europe including: Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Greece, and Denmark. This experience was amazing and opened my eyes to cultural and sociological experiences I never could have imagined. I have also traveled through much of the continental United States and have a great appreciation for the culture found here at home.