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Renowned Graphic Designer to give a public lecture at the OU School of Visual Arts

NORMAN, Okla. (Aug. 9, 2018) – Steff Geissbühler, an eminent graphic designer, will visit the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts this month to give a public lecture Aug. 28, at a Tuesday Soirée in the Fred Jones Center. Geissbühler, who was educated in Switzerland and has had a distinguished career in the United States, will be visiting various classes and speaking about his work beginning at 5:30 p.m. in room 205.

“He has a distinguished background and is one of America’s most accomplished graphic designers,” said Barry Roseman, an adjunct Visual Communications faculty member who helped set up the visit. “Currently, he operates his own independent graphic design consultancy, specializing in the creation of logos and brand identities, print materials, environmental graphics, posters and other visual communications.”

Roseman added, “His work has been honored with the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal for his sustained contribution to design excellence and the development of the graphic design profession. For over 30 years, he was a partner and principal at Chermayeff & Geismar Inc. in New York.”

Geissbühler earned his diploma in graphic design in 1964 from the Basel School of Art and Design in Switzerland. He has taught graphic design at Philadelphia College of Art, Cooper Union, Yale University, School of Visual Arts and Savannah College of Art and Design.

His talk at OU will include his strategies and approaches for dealing with various design projects as well as his career in the world of graphic design.

The lecture will take place on the second floor of the OU School of Visual Arts, 520 Parrington Oval, Norman.

“Joe Andoe and the Low Art of Becoming Unmoored”

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.


Marwin Begaye "Migrations"


Sept. 7 - Nov. 8, 2015

Marwin Begaye is an internationally exhibited printmaker, painter, and nationally recognized graphic designer. As Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Art & Art History, his research has been concentrated on issues of cultural identity, especially the intersection of traditional American Indian culture and pop culture. He has also conducted research in the technical aspects of relief printing and the use of mixed-media.

As a Native American, Begaye recognizes that he inherited a sense and desire for making the world beautiful. This aesthetic inheritance has dominated his artwork as it has developed from purely objective images – dancers and portraits – to his more abstract work referencing his community and its ceremonial ways of life. “This need to make things beautiful comes to me from a long line of artists in our family who live to achieve hozhó, the Navajo concept of being centered in beauty,” he explains. “This continues to be relevant for me artistically and personally.”

This exhibit, titled Migrations, includes woodcut and mixed media prints and paintings featuring imagery of birds. How the bird became relevant in his artwork is a story of artistic migration for Begaye. In 2004, Begaye began developing artwork addressing health issues in the Native American community. “The series focused on the malevolent epidemics that have caused so much hardship – including diabetes, alcoholism, and poor life choices – often due to poverty,” says Begaye. “This focus started to take a toll on my own well-being, as I lived with the realities of these forces in my personal life and in my art. As I sought to regain hozhó, I noticed the prevalence of birds within our traditional practices. I began observing the birds that visited my home, feeding them, and giving them my attention. As I worked my way back to the center, the birds have guided me on my journey. The result, of course, is that they’ve worked their way into my imagery.”

Eric Anderson, Peer Recognition Award 2015

Eric Anderson

Visual Communication professor Eric Anderson received the 2015 Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Faculty Peer Recognication. This award recognizes individual faculty member for recent special contribution and/or long-term participation as a faculty member.

Stuart Asprey, Receives Ed Cline Faculty Development Award

Work by professor Stuart Asprey

OU School of Visual Arts ceramics professor Stuart Asprey was selected to receive a University of Oklahoma Ed Cline Faculty Development Award for 2015.

The faculty development fund was created by President Boren to provide support to enhance the professional development of the faculty. The fund provides support for all aspects of a faculty member’s mission including teaching.
Asprey plans to attend a weeklong workshop in June at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO, with the internationally recognized ceramic artist Ron Nagle.


Talon Claybrook, Awarded Doc Tate Nevaquaya Scholarship 2015

Work by Talon Claybrook

OU School of Visual Arts student Talon Claybrook has been awarded the Doc Tate Nevaquaya Scholarship for 2015. The scholarship was established by the American Indian Cultural Society through the University of Oklahoma Foundation in 1994 when Doc Tate was elected to the College of Fine Arts Board of Visitors at the University of Oklahoma. From 1997 to 2004 the American Indian Cultural Society and the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts sponsored the Doc Tate Southwestern Gala each February, featuring a southwestern style dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. Proceeds have funded yearly scholarships that are awarded to deserving American Indian students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at the OU Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.


  • Applicants must be full time, regularly enrolled American Indian students (proof of tribal affiliation is required) working toward a degree in the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at the time of application.  Art majors must have completed a minimum of 15 hours of the foundations curriculum in that 30 hour requirement.
  • The scholarship is based on academic merit and is awarded on a competitive basis.  At the request of the donor, preference is given to students majoring in art or music.