Italy Art Show Opens Thursday

Italy art

The Rogers State University Department of Fine Arts is hosting an exhibition of works created by students and faculty who attended its studies-at-large program in Italy this past summer. The Italy Art Show 2018 runs Thursday, Aug. 30, through Friday, Sept. 21, at the Foundations Gallery located in Baird Hall.

During Thursday’s opening, there will be an artist talk by participating artists from 5:00-5:30 p.m., with the gallery opening held from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Students and faculty who participated in the Summer Art Program in Italy this past summer had the opportunity to develop their art skills while experiencing the sights and sounds of Italy.

Students represented in this year’s Italy show are: Kristen Carrow of Skiatook; Jesse McIntyre of Cushing; Emily Kaiser of Riley, Michigan; Rebecka Pitts of Stroud; Spencer Plumlee of Tulsa; Elizabeth Richards of Catoosa; Kayleigh Stallcup of Enid; Sean Tyler of Tulsa; Keirstine Weaver of Claremore; and Seth Whittington of Kansas, Oklahoma. Faculty members Bryce Brimer and Blake Walinder also will show works created during the Italy trip.

Following the conclusion of the Italy exhibit, the Department of Fine Arts plans three other exhibits and a student art sale during the fall semester. RSU Professor Emeritus Gary Moeller will have a showing of his work from Sept. 27 through Oct. 17. In a partnership with the RSU Student Affairs office, the gallery will be exhibiting “What Were You Wearing,” an art installation that seeks to debunk the myth that sexual violence is caused by a person’s wardrobe. This show runs Oct. 25 through Nov. 16.

The student capstone presentations will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 14.

On Dec. 3-7, the department will host a one-week show and sale of student works in the Baird Hall commons area. Organizers said the event makes a great opportunity for purchasing holiday gifts for family and friends. Proceeds from art sales will go to the students with a small portion benefiting the studies-at-large program.

All events will be in the Foundations Gallery, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

RSU offers a bachelor of fine art in visual arts degree with options in graphic design, multimedia, photographic arts, or studio art, as well as an associate degree in liberal arts with an option in Native American studies. The department also offers minors in art, art history, graphic design, music, and Native American studies.

For more information, please visit or call the RSU Department of Fine Arts at 918-343-7740.