CHICKASHA – A dazzling display of art by state and national artists is coming to Chickasha when the “Oklahoma: Centerfold” exhibit reaches the University of Science and Arts on Jan. 14. The biennial juried art exhibit is hosted alternately by USAO and the Leslie Powell Gallery and Foundation of Lawton.
Displayed in the USAO Art Gallery through Feb. 9, “Centerfold” features more than 40 original pieces by 31 artists from across the nation. Fifteen artists represent different Oklahoma communities.
CHICKASHA – Five colorful Native storybooks are scheduled for special delivery in the form of a new box set – just in time for the holidays. On Dec. 20, “Winter Night Stories and Songs” will go on sale in the University of Science and Arts Bookstore.
CHICKASHA – While many will ring in the New Year in the comfort of their homes, the ShowBand of the University and Science and Arts will be rockin’ the stage with legendary pop sensations, the Platters. On Dec. 31, the USAO ShowBand will open for the Platters at 8 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium in Troutt Hall.
Joe Settlemires, director and music arranger for the USAO ShowBand, said his ensemble of college students is one of a kind.
CHICKASHA – Cash prizes, public exhibition and multiple awards are up for grabs for the winners of next year’s Innovations high school art competition at the University of Science and Arts. The liberal arts university is announcing registration for the annual art contest at the end of February.
CHICKASHA -- Urging graduates to dream big, work hard and give charitably, Oklahoma’s new chancellor of higher education addressed an overflow crowd at fall commencement ceremonies on Friday night at the University of Science and Arts.
Dr. Glen Johnson addressed 80 graduates and their families in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on a stage decked in poinsettias and lighted fresh pine boughs. More than 1,300 guests saw the event on campus and the ceremony was televised on the USAO Channel.
CHICKASHA – Chickasha artist Patricia Morgan recently was selected by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition to receive a Professional Basics Grant. Morgan, an alumna from the University of Science and Arts, said she will use the grant funds to cover costs associated with the photo processing of her new body of work, which she will exhibit at the USAO Art Gallery Feb. 18-March 16, 2007.
Inspired by the land’s pattern, texture and color, Morgan said she plans to compose oil paintings, which sometimes combine locations or distort the horizon.
CHICKASHA – An author of Pulitzer proportions is planning to visit the University of Science and Arts on April 10, 2007. As part of the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium, special guest author Dr. Jared Diamond will address students, faculty, staff and community members in a public forum about past civilizations and implications for current and future ones.
Carving a canoe out of a tree are USAO students from the Return of Lewis and Clark class. The students are presenting life on the frontier through the eyes of early American travelers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on Dec. 7 from 1-2:30 p.m. The annual Lewis and Clark exhibit, held in Nash Library on 17th Street, includes several presentations, such as tipi making, Native American jewelry and the final version of this handmade canoe. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
CHICKASHA – Historical sojourners Lewis and Clark are making a Chickasha appearance in the form of a special presentation Dec. 7 at the University of Science and Arts. From 1-2:30 p.m., the public is invited to take part in the free festivities in Nash Library on 17th Street.
Dr. Nancy Osborn, associate professor of physical education, teaches the Return of Lewis and Clark class that puts on the production each year.
CHICKASHA – More than 80 seniors are scheduled to walk the stage Dec. 8 as Dr. Glen Johnson, president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, addresses the fall 2006 commencement at the University of Science and Arts. The commencement begins at 8 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
In November, Johnson was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Johnson has played major roles in Oklahoma’s political and higher education systems.