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Arts! Arts! Arts! 2021

The 2021 ARTS! ARTS! ARTS! Gala is scheduled for March 7, 2021 and will be a virtual event packed with exceptional entertainment and creative projects by the talented student artists of OU Fine Arts.

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Fine Arts ENGAGE Calendar

Fine Arts Engage Calendar - Spring 2021

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts will bring you an entirely new spring season of fascinating experiences in the arts. Some events offer in-person experiences. We also offer online viewing with Live Stream and Video-on-Demand for select performances.

OU School of Visual Arts exhibitions may be viewed online. Learn more at For University Theatre productions visit, Lab Theatre productions visit, and School of Music concerts visit


Lloyd Cracknell


Lloyd Cracknell

Lloyd Cracknell, associate professor of drama, has been named the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts 2020 Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts at OU.

After a highly successful and lucrative career in the fashion world, professor Cracknell fell in love with the theatre and teaching. He earned his master of fine arts degree in drama from the University of Oklahoma in 2010 and is a faculty member of the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama.

Each year, professor Cracknell teaches a minimum of 10 classes in the School of Drama and serves as the resident costume designer for OU University Theatre. He designs two to three main stage productions, as well as mentoring student costume designers on five to six college-wide main stage productions and up to four lab productions each season. 

When asked about his teaching philosophy, Cracknell stated, “All of my classes support a journey for the student that encourages the development of self-motivation, innovation, responsibility and creative confidence. The process of becoming a designer or technician is intensely personal, and my courses have been structured to allow for fluidity based on who is on the roster, but my belief is that the process must contain the following: learning how to collaborate and contribute to the production design process, how aesthetic choices combined with script analysis and in-depth research form the design, and learning basic and advanced construction techniques that inform the design.”

Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts offers the largest and most comprehensive fine arts program in the state of Oklahoma. We are immensely proud of our students, and ask that you join us in assisting them with a helping hand through the newly established Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund.

With your help, we can make a difference!
Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund

University Theatre

University Theatre Spring 2021

UNLOCK A BRILLIANT SPRING SEASON AT UNIVERSITY THEATRE! We invite you to join us in person, via live stream or video-on-demand for five entertaining productions. 

Opening the spring season, YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS' SHOWCASE is a perennial favorite with exciting original choreography by School of Dance students. Showcasing dance works from the entire spectrum of movement styles, with lighting design by students of the Helmerich School of Drama (Feb. 4-7).

Tony Award-winning SPRING AWAKENING follows in the footsteps of Hair and Rent, as this musical captures the zeitgeist of a generation (Feb. 19-28).

BIZET'S THE PEARL FISHERS: REIMAGINED in collaboration with Oklahoma Festival Ballet will transport you to an exotic world of enchantment and romance (March 18-21).

OKLAHOMA FESTIVAL BALLET includes five exceptional dances in this year’s production, including excerpts from Gerald Arpino’s Reflections and Viva Vivaldi; an expanded Thousand Cranes by Boyko Dossev, and Mary Margaret Holt’s Sphinx. Rounding out the program are two premieres by Michael Bearden and guest choreographer Mariana Oliveira (April 8-11).

The final production of the spring season is ROE. Acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer creates this dramatic presemtation about the historic Supreme Court decision 1973 landmark case Roe v Wade legalizing abortion (April 23-May 2).




Fine Arts ENGAGE Calendar, Fall 2020

OU Fine Arts calendar for Fall 2020

Welcome to the digital ENGAGE calendar for the Fine Arts as we bring you an entirely new fall season of exciting experiences in the arts. This semester, many performances and events will be available online.

For music concerts visit; for art exhibitions visit; for University Theatre performances visit

Check back to the ENGAGE calendar often as the schedule may change. Some things about the 2020 fall season will be very different, but the quality you have grown to expect will be unmistakable!



A Message from Dean Holt

Mary Margaret Holt

Dear Friends, Faculty, Staff, and Students of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts,

With the conclusion of this semester, our December convocation, and the Winter Break, it seems a very good time to contact you to express my appreciation for all you have done to bring us successfully to this point. 

When the semester began last August, we had high hopes of arriving at this point but there were a great many questions still to be answered. We have reached this day in December because of the protective protocols put in place at OU and those that have determinedly made them part of their daily practice by wearing masks and observing social distancing and other protocols. Our classrooms, concert halls, galleries, and theatres operate very differently with diminished capacities, but perhaps the most important point is that they DO operate thereby making educational opportunities in the arts available to our talented students and therefore to our cultural community.  The arts are alive and well at the University of Oklahoma with a fall season including (live and streamed) performances of Songs for a New World, An Evening of Opera Arias: Songs of Hope, Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly. Music students have played outdoors in tents or other favorite locations near the music practice wing and our dance and stage movement students have worked on two outdoor stages constructed by Facilities Management. Our School of Music has presented an entire array of streamed concerts and recitals direct from the Catlett Music Center, and our School of Visual Arts is preparing exhibitions for the spring semester. Our plans also call for University Theatre to continue with a spring season of five productions beginning in early February. Creativity will continue to rise to new heights!

It is essential that we all work together, determined that our students' experiences continue and that the arts continue to flourish when they are most needed to bring beauty and humanity to all of us. In this time of challenge and deep uncertainty we can take refuge in the arts as an expression of the human spirit in all its glory, pathos, and searching. 

As Winter Break approaches, please wear a mask, study well, travel safely, practice social distancing and join those you love in making the world a better place so that we can return to a new year and new semester with renewed hope and enthusiasm. Let's live like our lives depend on it because they do, and they are a gift. 

Congratulations to our December graduates, Happy Holidays, and very best wishes to you all!

Mary Margaret Holt
Dean, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts



Learn More at OU Together

Stay updated with the latest information about the university's response to COVID-19 at OU TOGETHER.

Now more than ever, the OU family must lead with purpose and compassion. As we resume the in-person experience on the OU campus, we embrace the opportunity to emerge stronger, together. Find information for students, faculty and staff at OU TOGETHER.

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University Mandatory Masking Policy

Each OU campus has implemented and will enforce a policy mandating that masks be worn by employees, students, patients, and visitors (1) when they are inside University facilities and vehicles and (2) when they are outdoors on campus and social distancing of at least six feet is not possible. Each campus policy has been reviewed and approved by OU’s Chief COVID Officer and is effective until further notice.



Visual Arts

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The only institution in the state to offer a graduate degree in art history at both the master’s and doctoral level.

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Considered one of the leading programs in the nation for training in ballet and modern dance technique.

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The second oldest established school in the nation, behind Yale University.

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Oklahoma’s only comprehensive music school with world-class faculty, state of the art facilities, and a broad array of performance and academic opportunities.

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Musical Theatre

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The only School of Musical Theatre within a public university in the country.

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Dean Mary Margaret Holt Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Dean Holt

Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, has been selected for a lifetime achievement award in honor of her significant contributions to ballet excellence in higher education. 


Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate

Arts Mgmt. and Entrepreneurship certificate

The Arts Management and Entrepreneurship (AME) Graduate Certificate is a program meant for students interested in building a career in the arts in an exciting but ever-changing marketplace. The program is built on a flexible structure of fine arts, arts entrepreneurship, and MBA courses that develop the skills needed for career success and creative impact. Offered by the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Price College of Business.


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Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund

Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund

The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts offers the largest and most comprehensive fine arts program in the state of Oklahoma. We are immensely proud of our students, and ask that you join us in assisting them with a helping hand through the newly established Fine Arts Student Emergency Fund.

With your help, we can make a difference!




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