Norman, Okla. (March 22, 2017) – Mark Andrew White, the Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, and University of Oklahoma assistant professor of painting Jason Cytacki will present a public lecture Tuesday, March 28, on 2017 student exhibition juror Joe Andoe, a contemporary artist now living and working in New York City. The complimentary talk is set for 5 p.m. in room 205 of the Fred Jones Center, 520 Parrington Oval.
Andoe’s formative experiences growing up in Tulsa informed his iconic minimal landscapes and enigmatic images of horses, bison and the flora of the prairies. He earned his master of fine arts degree in Art from the OU School of Visual Arts, formally the School of Art and Art History.
White specializes in American and Native American art of the 20th century, with a particular focus on the Southwest. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1999, he began teaching at Oklahoma State University, where he spent the next eight years of his career before being appointed the Eugene B. Adkins Curator at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at OU in 2009. In 2015, he was named director of the art museum.
His recent exhibitions and publications include Picturing Indian Territory, 1819-1907, the first art historical survey of the visual culture of the Indian and Oklahoma Territories, and Macrocosm/Microcosm: Abstract Expressionism in the American Southwest (2014), the first exhibition and publication exploring the influence of mid-century abstraction in this region.
Cytacki earned his master of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and his bachelor of fine arts degree in 2009. He now lives and works in Norman. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Cytacki has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships to support his research, including the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Artist Fellowship in 2015, a Presidential International Travel Fellowship in 2015 and a Junior Faculty Fellowship from OU in 2012. His work is represented in commercial galleries, including JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City, and is part of the permanent collection of the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York.