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From pottery lessons to theater productions, OSU’s diverse art organizations deliver. Students, faculty, and community members are welcome to experience arts the way the creators intended.

Bummet Echohawk: An Artist's Journey

May 2 - July 8, 2023 | OSU Museum of Art 
"Brummet Echohawk: An Artist's Journey" presents the life story of celebrated artist and World War II veteran, Brummett Echohawk, through a selection of his artwork, which were sourced from the permanent collection at the OSU Museum of Art, curated by OSU students.
Funding for this season of programming is provided through the generous support of Deb and Dave Engle, Caroline and John Linehan, Suzanne Sugg, the OSU President’s Office | OSU Foundation, Thomas N. Berry & Company, and the OSU Museum of Art Advocates.

Masterpiece Moments

May 20, 2023 at 6 p.m. | OSU Museum of Art
In support of OSU's priority to enrich the student experience, the OSU Museum of Art invites you to join an evening of heavy hors d'oeuvres and entertainment at the museum, hosted by the OSU Museum of Art Advocates. Proceeds will fund student employment and internship opportunities at the OSU Museum of Art. Individual tickets are $125 and sponsorship opportunities are still available! Reserve your sponsorship or ticket today! Limited tickets available.

The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of An American Pastoral

April 18 - June 24, 2023 | Postal Plaza
The Unchosen Ones began on the sidelines of county fair animal contests in Minnesota in 2016 where R. J. Kern photographed fair participants and their non-winning animals. The exhibit encompasses a series of portraits of young people posing with the animals they have raised, cared for, and groomed for entry into a best animal competition, with dreams of the glory of moving on to State Fair victory. No victory is shown here, however. 
The Unchosen Ones continued beyond the initial project and between 2016 and 2021 Kern re-photographed many of his subjects. In some cases, the animal and its handler are photographed together again. In other cases, the child moved on and replaced the animal with some new pursuit; a tractor, a chicken, a fishing pole. Once a series about the love, pride, joy, and disappointment that comes with being passed over, The Unchosen Ones is now a record of the original sitters choosing how they will live the next part of their lives.

Funding for this season of programming is provided through the generous support of Deb and Dave Engle, Caroline and John Linehan, Suzanne Sugg, the OSU President’s Office | OSU Foundation, Thomas N. Berry & Company, and the OSU Museum of Art Advocates.


Explore the arts

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts

The McKnight Center is a world-class epicenter for the arts, attracting celebrated national and international programs featuring notable performing arts productions and artists.

OSU Museum of Art

The OSU Museum of Art is the university’s official exhibition hall for art, and the host of paintings, photographs, and unique art from around the world.

Student Arts Alliance

OSU Allied Arts makes inspiration easy. Be a part of experiencing high-quality art, learning new things, supporting your community and having fun with your family and friends.

Office of Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

ACE provides opportunities for in-depth engagement with the arts and cultural events for students by making the arts more accessible, intentionally featuring student work, and continuing on our strong tradition of student-led production through SUAB, Allied Arts, and other Special Events.

Doel Reed Center in Taos

With a particular focus on Southern and New Mexican culture, the Doel Reed Center offers ‘leisure learning courses’, week-long classes in New Mexico that are led by experienced artists and instructors. The center also has scholarships and leisure courses that provide credit to students.

Prairie Arts Center

The Prairie Arts Center, a partnership between OSU and Stillwater Community Arts, promotes art creation and interest in the community of Stillwater, and hosts many instructional arts events.

Gardiner Gallery of Art

Within the Bartlett Visual Arts Center, the Gardiner Gallery of Art hosts the art of students, traveling artists, and faculty in many exhibitions throughout the year.

Discover student showcases

College of Arts and Sciences

The largest college at OSU and one of the largest sponsors of OSU’s arts community. The college also offers a significant number of scholarships for undergraduate students and enrichment opportunities for students and faculty.

Department of Theatre

Aims to provide students at the university with a comprehensive, professionally-focused theatre education that gives students practical experience through performance and classes. Experience fantastic performances as students gain experience in costume design, set design, and performance.

Greenwood School of Music

The Greenwood School of Music is home to the musical community at OSU. Every year, more than 200 concerts, recitals, and events are presented by guest artists, students, community members, and faculty.

Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History

The premier host of community arts and lessons, including sculpture, painting, and others. Also offers degrees in Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Art History with a number of scholarships available for application.

Graphic design students unveil mural honoring former Stillwater mayor Graphic design students unveil mural honoring former Stillwater mayor May 4

A semester’s worth of work was put on display in Stillwater’s Chris Salmon Plaza on May 1, with the unveiling of Oklahoma State University graphic design students’ mural “Building Sunshine.” The mural — which highlights the life and work of former Stillwater mayor Christine Salmon — was designed by OSU freshman Carlee Roddy. Roddy worked with her fellow Visual Thinking Image and Surface 2D classmates to execute the design.

OSU Museum of Art chooses ‘The Unchosen Ones’ OSU Museum of Art chooses ‘The Unchosen Ones’ Apr 3

Upcoming exhibition features R.J. Kern’s photography of 4-H members with animals not chosen for Grand Champion prizes





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