USAO validated and made real my choice of following an artistic path. I would not be the person or the artist that I am today without the knowledge, discipline and support of the outstanding faculty, staff and students at USAO.
Wendy Chambers was the first member of her family to go to college. She was also the only artist she had ever known that wasn’t a teacher.
She entered a piece in the USAO Art Department’s yearly Innovations art contest for high school students and based on her obvious talent, she was recognized with not only an award of merit but the judges’ choice award as well.
Today, Chambers remembers that moment as playing “a big role in my decision to attend USAO.”
“I chose USAO because of its quality art department that fosters each and every student,” she said. “I also found the small campus size and overall atmosphere was very welcoming.”
Chambers excelled as a student at USAO. She spent most semesters on the honor roll, was active in the Art Club, contributed to a major painting that adorns the outside of Davis Hall and even participated in a quiz show called Mind Games that pitted students from different universities against one another.
And, on graduation day, she was honored as the distinguished graduate for the division of arts and humanities.
Today, Chambers is in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she also works as a graduate assistant.
“I wouldn't trade my experience at USAO for anything in the world,” Chambers said. “The faculty and staff are genuinely interested and invested in their students. They are knowledgeable and accessible, which is something not to be taken for granted.”
“I am convinced that I have had the privilege of meeting some of the best people in existence at that little college in Chickasha, Oklahoma.”