It has been said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Artist Ben Herrington takes that one step further by transforming wood that others discard into distinctive birdhouse sculptures that straddle the line between function and art.

The Nesbitt Gallery is scheduled to host an artist’s reception for Birdhouse…Funhouse, an exhibit of Herrington’s work, beginning at 7 p.m. on June 15. Herrington is expected to be in attendance to answer questions about his work.

Every trimester’s end brings on a time of transition as students receive their grades and, in some cases, their diplomas. This past spring’s conclusion in the April 19 commencement marked more than just the passage from one term into the next.

As the second ceremony of the night reached its conclusion, a familiar figure rose with the rest of the faculty and lifted the staff that he had meticulously carved from its perch next to the university president on stage.

An earthy cry of celebration rose from the audience. Angus Kent Lamar, long-time professor and chairman of the art department, gave a wry smile before joining the procession of faculty off of the stage.

With that, Lamar officially had retired and his 38-year tenure at the University of Science and Arts came to an end.

More than 90 students faced off recently at Innovations, an annual high school art competition held at the University of Science and Arts. Students from high schools around the state competed in the art competition held exclusively for high school juniors and seniors.

Every artist has experiences and ways of looking at the world that makes his or her contribution a little bit different. These differences are celebrated in a show titled Quirks that highlights the work of five graduating artists and two recent graduates at the University of Science and Arts.

An artists’ reception for the show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on April 6 in the Nesbitt Gallery. The show will be available for public viewing from April 1 through the 19th.

Oklahoma artists are invited to participate in the annual Montmartre judged sidewalk chalk art festival on the campus of the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha on April 4.

CHICKASHA -- With more than 75 sculptures gracing the campuses of 30 universities, Jon Hair is bringing his artistic mastery to Oklahoma to capture the likeness of “Oklahoma treasure” Te Ata Fisher in monumental bronze on the campus of the University of Science and Arts.

With roots that stretch back before the written word, stories form the spine of the human experience as they entertain, educate and inform our experience of who we are and what we mean. This spring’s Festival of Arts and Ideas will explore Storytelling from a number of perspectives and academic disciplines beginning at 7:30 p.m. on March 11 and 12 in the Ballroom at the University of Science and Arts.

Artist Donna Adams draws from an unlikely source in her exploration of women’s journey throughout history.

“As inspiration, I have studied ancient female symbols and explored the voluptuous shapes of pears as a feministic expression of women’s journey through time,” Adams says.

The Nesbitt Gallery is scheduled to host an artist’s reception for Hommage, a collection of Adams’ paintings, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 with Adams in attendance to meet the public and answer questions about her work.

Five sculptors are scheduled to visit the University of Science and Arts on Feb. 7 to present their vision for the previously announced statue of famed American Indian storyteller Te Ata.

Cash prizes, public exhibition and multiple awards are up for grabs to the winners of this year’s Innovations art competition at the University of Science and Arts. Registration for high school artists is Feb. 20.