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Gallery Provides Learning Experiences

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art provides opportunities for students to experience art through exhibitions and programs.
Gallery Provides Learning Experiences

Gallery Provides Learning Experiences

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Framing History Exhibit - OSU Museum of Art

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Show 1434: Gallery Provides Learning Experiences
Air Date: August 24, 2014

 

Transcript

Rob McClendon: Well, all the paintings Sen. Ford showed us are on display until Oct. 25 at the newly opened Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in downtown Stillwater. And I had a chance to visit with the museum’s director, Victoria Rowe Berry.

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Victoria Rowe Berry: The purpose of the museum is a teaching museum. So we’re passionately dedicated to providing programs for our students – students of all ages. And engage them in exhibitions that celebrate our heritage like “Framing History” does or provoke questions and are really very much a part of curriculum and learning experiences as well as a cultural entity for Stillwater.

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Berry: Art is not cheap, and it has to be carefully chosen. But we do have, a majority of our collection has been through gifts. Burns Hargis, our president, has been a great advocate for the arts. And we do it by the kindness of people’s hearts. They’re so thrilled that this is happening.

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Berry: What will the collection be 10 years from now? I don’t, I don’t have a crystal ball. But what I can tell you is that we’re, we’re exploring what we should do. What’s the responsibility we have? We should pay attention to our regional artists. We should have a fair representation of who’s here. Native American artists, you know, what comprises the population and community of Oklahoma?

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Berry: We really want our objects really to enhance the learning experience. We have a visible storage spot here, right here in the museum that allows us to give people a glimpse at what we do behind the scenes.

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Berry: We have a visiting artist program funded by Ken and Maryanne Fergusson. And what that’s allowed us to do is bring in an artist that will work with students over a period of time. So artists will come in, meet the students, we’ll set up a program, and the students will go back and forth with that artist like they did with Yatika Fields. We have a mural here on the wall. Yatika was born here in Stillwater and raised and graduated from Stillwater High School. He went on to Brooklyn and was, and worked in New York for a good while. His style is very interesting. He’s very much into live painting, action painting, and he’s now returned to this area.

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Berry: As a teaching collection, we really feel responsible to bring in a diversity of objects. And those objects can serve all kinds of educational purposes.

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It’s all about teaching. It’s all about providing opportunities to learn and for people to gather. We really, really want to explore what’s happening in the art world now for our students really learn from, you know, use, have access to this new technologies that are so important for their future.

Rob: Well, the framing history exhibit will be on display through Oct. 25.