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, Lincoln, NE

B.S., Graphic Design and Studio Art
College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO

Semester Abroad, Communications and Design
Ichthus Hogeschol, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

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.