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OU School of Visual Arts

The OU School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma cultivates a vibrant intellectual community that fosters the greatest possible excellence in the study of the visual arts, design, and art history.  The School was established in 1915, and is the oldest and most comprehensive school of art in the state of Oklahoma.  Through civic engagement, we endeavor to meet the artistic needs of Oklahoma’s citizens and promote the growth of culture.  We offer the BFA and MFA in Art and the BA, MA, and Ph.D. in Art History.  We strive for excellence in teaching, publishing, and creating art and design at the highest level.  The School prepares our students for success nationally and internationally as artists, designers, scholars, teachers, and influential patrons of all the arts.

Spotlight Work

Cartographic Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth-Century Americas

An essay included in the Cartographic Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth-Century Americas;

Cartographic Representation in the Age of Vernacular Landscape:
Pictorial Metaphor in Stephen Long’s
Map of the Country Drained by the Mississippi
By Kenneth Haltman

Essay link



Sweather Bottle with Sippers (Ceramic)

Marissa Childers

MFA Ceramics Student

Sweater Bottle with Sippers  

Marissa Childers was born and raised in the small town of Florence, Alabama. She attended the University of North Alabama, where she earned her B.F.A. in 2019. Upon graduating she worked as a ceramic intern at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and is now pursuing her M.F.A. at the University of Oklahoma.

Her work explores how we share intimate moments with one another through functional handmade objects. Her work is often colorful and covered in a variety of textures. Whether it is influenced by the pattern on her grandparents curtains or the woven threads of a blanket, each piece is a little reminder of home. 

BFA and MFA Student work site