RSU Student Artwork to be Displayed Following Trip Abroad to Italy

Poster for the Art in Italy display.A Rogers State University art exhibit this month will showcase dozens of works created by 11 student artists during a trip abroad in central Italy.

The Art in Italy exhibit, which runs from August 14 to August 29 in the Foundations Gallery on RSU’s Claremore campus, features oil paintings, watercolors, and linoleum block prints created by students as they traveled through Rome, Florence, Venice, Arezzo and Assisi. The show opens with a reception on August 14 from 5-7 p.m.

The works were created by students participating RSU’s studies-at-large program in Montone, Italy, a medieval village in the hill country of Umbria.

Students also visited many important museums such as the Uffizi and the Vatican Museum where they viewed such iconic works of art as the Pieta, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and Michelangelo’s David. They were accompanied by RSU Professors Gary Moeller and Denny Schmickle.

“There’s an extra layer to the creativity when you can create art while surrounded by such a beautiful and historic environment,” Professor Denny Schmickle said. “Works like these could never have been created in the studio.”

The student artists include: Spencer Barrett (Grove), Jon Book (Claremore), Keli Boyd (Collinsville), Sharleen T. Branch (Bartlesville), Hope Longacre (Claremore), Ashley Luce (Broken Arrow), Allison Mims (Owasso), Kilee Panick (Ochelata), Jessica Shaw (Claremore), Wattie Wildcat (Hominy) and Erico Zetina (Pryor).

For more information on RSU’s Fine Arts program, including the study abroad opportunity call 918-343-7740.