October 1, 2009

RSU Faculty Art Exhibition to be Held at Price Tower Oct. 9 through Jan. 3

The art of five faculty members from the Department of Fine Arts at Rogers State University will be exhibited from Oct. 9 to Jan. 3 at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville.

The annual RSU Faculty Art Exhibition will be held at the Price Tower for the second year in a row, said Gary Moeller, art professor and head of the RSU Department of Fine Arts.

The Price Tower Arts Center's museum and galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Price Tower at (918) 336-4949.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. The reception will be held in conjunction with the Family Arts Festival at the arts center, which will feature hands-on activities for children, food, music and local art. The theme of this year's Family Arts Festival is "Crafts Done Wright."

"We are pleased to provide a public venue for the RSU faculty to present their work. Their fine arts building is under construction, so they are without a gallery right now," said Scott Perkins, Price Tower Arts Center curator. "The exhibition celebrates the creativity of northeast Oklahoma, and it's a way for us to celebrate local artists."

The exhibition will feature a three-dimensional installation involving sculpture and photography by Bryce Brimer, several photographs by Della Easton, two large-scale paintings by Moeller, organic sculptures made for pig intestines by Beth Powell and graphic art by Denny Schmickle. Their work will be on display on the second floor of the arts center.

Gary Moeller, Bryce Brimer, Della Easton, Beth Powell, Denny Schmickle

Moeller, one of the university's longest-serving faculty members, is head of the RSU Department of Fine Arts. He is a well-known artist in the region and has taught at RSU since 1979. He has served in a variety of roles at RSU, including self-study coordinator for the university's accreditation effort. His work has been exhibited around the nation.

Brimer is an assistant professor of art at RSU and is also a well-known artist in the region who focuses primarily on sculpture and graphic design. He has participated in several juried exhibitions nationally and has had several solo shows in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. He has worked as a preparatory at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa and has taught at the University of Tulsa.

Schmickle also serves as an assistant professor of art at RSU. As a graphic designer, he has designed a variety of materials for universities, advertising and marketing firms and magazines around the nation. He is the recipient of numerous graphic design awards and his work has been featured in exhibitions in Texas, Nebraska and Georgia among other locations.

Easton is an adjunct art instructor at RSU, and is also a graduate student in photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif., where she is pursuing her second master's degree. She takes photographs for a variety of publications nationally, from the GRDA magazine to Wakeboarding Magazine.

Powell, who is from Chelsea, Okla., is a sculptor and adjunct art instructor at RSU, teaching art appreciation and drawing. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa and master's degree from the University of Kansas. Her work has been exhibited in Seattle, Denver, Kansas City, Tulsa, Taos, N.M. and Germany. She was the first artist in Oklahoma selected to show her work under the Andy Warhol grant program.

For more information on the exhibition, call (918) 343-7744.