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TU Wind Ensemble

The University of Tulsa Wind Ensemble will present their first Spring semester concert on in the Lorton Performance Center’s Gussman Concert Hall.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Matt Schepers, will perform Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song and Molly on the Shore, the first movement of Symphony in Bb for Band by Paul Hindemith, and the Florentiner March by Julius Fučík.

FREE art workshop: Dried Flower Wax

TU students join School of Language & Literature to make some scented dried flower wax for the Lunar New Year  with a local Chinese artist, Ms. Shen.

Activities Include:
Hands-on guidance and tips for creating your own unique dried flower wax.

What You’ll Need to Bring:
Your creativity, friends, and family.
All materials are provided by the School of Language and Literature.
Feel free to bring your own favorite dried flowers or petals, decorations and essential oils.

Don’t miss this opportunity to unleash your creativity and transform ordinary dried flowers into extraordinary works of art with wax!

Music Industry Mixer

TU students join the School of Art, Design & Art History to enjoy light refreshments, mingle with other music-industry-minded individuals, and catch your last chance to visit with Ted Cohen, music and entertainment media industry veteran.

Artist Talk – Erin Shaw – Ruth Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist

Free and open to all – Join the School of Art, Design and Art History welcomes Erin Shaw as the 2024 Ruth Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist. Erin Shaw is a painter of borderlands, the spaces between worlds. As a visual storyteller, the child of an Oklahoma farm, Shaw tills the rich soil of dichotomy through her masterful uses of color, iconography, and story. As a Chickasaw-Choctaw artist, she creates in a state of tension, suspended between two worlds where both solemnity and humor pervade her art. She finds that truths are revealed in unanticipated ways, and trickster often appears throughout her work. The artist earned her BFA in studio art from Baylor University and her MFA from the University of Oklahoma. She is an international speaker and a featured artist in Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art, among other exhibits in the U.S.

Reflections from a Cherokee Type Designer

The TU community is invited to hear from Cherokee type designer Chris Skillern who will show examples of his font designs, and discuss how typography is connected to Indigenous heritage, culture, and language sovereignty. Skillern is one of the preeminent type designers working in the Cherokee syllabary, and is internationally known for his work. He is also a TU alum!

This lecture is open to the whole TU community.

TU Fiber Arts Club Meeting

TU students join TU Fiber Arts Club and bring your crafts and work on them together. Students who are wanting to learn a new Fiber Craft are also welcome to come! This event is a come and go event from 10-11:30 a.m.

OK, Play!

Join TU’s Oklahoma Center for the Humanities for a historical look at Oklahoma’s unique sports scene.

Stop by 101 Archer to learn more about Oklahoma sports through the decades – from the state’s professional teams like the Thunder, Drillers, and Oilers, to smaller community teams like the Roughneck Roller Derby, to All-Native softball teams and stickball, as well as leagues that dissolved over time.

This exhibit opens Jan. 5 during the First Friday Art Crawl. It will be on view through March.

Alexandre Hogue Gallery: Unstable Entity by Rebecca Drolen

The 2023–24 season at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery continues with Rebecca Drolen’s exhibition ‘Unstable Entity.’

Unstable Entity uses photographs and architectural constructs to explore balancing and tipping points within culturally unstable expectations of female strength, resilience, and bodily performance. The work compares physical bodily forms to ad-hoc assemblages that are tenuously balanced using common building materials. Within this juxtaposition is a meditation on the body as an architectural construct and the unsettled standards of what it means to be a “strong woman.” The collage of forms speculates on the relationship of female strength to intimidation, sexuality, and desire and the individual stamina required to pursue both mental and physical wellness. Female body builders enter the work as a form of archetype or idealized body representing a maximized performance of strength and physicality. The artist’s performances pursue stamina, wavering balance, and the labor associated with managing the collision of roles between being the subject and operator of the photograph. The work is a montage of layered priorities alongside feverish persistence to perform to meet the standards of contemporary femininity, despite its distinct illogics.

The Alexander Hogue Gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9AM- 4:30PM. This show is free and open to the public.

Rebecca Drolen (b. 1983) is an artist and educator working in Arkansas. Her photographs are concerned with how individuals visually assemble their identity and the constructed ideals placed on gendered bodily performance. Her work playfully explores the expansive nature of photography in contemporary art as it incorporates built spaces, assemblage and performance.
Drolen’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions on a national and international level, within noteworthy venues such as the Huffington Post, Oxford American’s “Eyes on the South,” the Light Factory, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Springfield Art Museum, The Oklahoma State Museum of Art, the CICA Museum in Gimpo, Korea, the Galveston Art Center, Filter Photo, and the Theory of Clouds Gallery in Kobe, Japan. Drolen has had work published in various art books, magazines, and blogs and has photographs held in private and institutional collections.

Unstable Entity: The Artwork of Rebecca Drolen

The School of Art, Design, and Art History is thrilled to announce its upcoming solo exhibition featuring photographic artist Rebecca Drolen, along with her visiting artist lecture, to be held at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery. Titled ‘Unstable Entity,’ this exhibition will be on display from October 26 to December 14.

‘Unstable Entity’ delves into the realm of photographs and architectural creations, probing the delicate equilibrium and tipping points within the constantly shifting societal expectations regarding female strength, resilience, and bodily performance. The work draws parallels between physical body forms and makeshift assemblages, precariously balanced using everyday construction materials. This juxtaposition serves as a contemplation of the body as an architectural construct and the uncertain benchmarks for what defines a ‘strong woman.’

The collage of forms speculates on the intricate relationship between female strength, intimidation, sexuality, desire, and the individual endurance required to pursue both mental and physical well-being. Female bodybuilders emerge in the artwork as archetypes or idealized figures embodying peak strength and physicality. The artist’s performances revolve around themes of stamina, wavering balance, and the labor involved in simultaneously being both the subject and operator of the photograph. The work presents a montage of layered priorities alongside relentless persistence in adhering to the contemporary standards of femininity, despite its inherent incongruities.

Artist Talk & Reception: Sentinel by Marwin Begaye

Tulsa community join the School of Art, Design and Art History with opening of the 2023 season at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery with Artist Marwin Begaye and his exhibition Sentinel

5 p.m.- Artist’s talk in Jerri Jones Lecture Hall, Phillips Hall, Room 211
6 p.m.- Enjoy refreshments and see the exhibition

This event is free and open to the public.