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The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art.

Masterpiece Moments event benefits OSU Museum of Art’s outreach and exhibitions

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Media Contact: Elizabeth Gosney | OSU Museum of Art marketing and communications manager | 405-744-2783 | egosney@okstate.edu

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art and OSU Art Advocates hosted the 2022 Masterpiece Moments event on May 14, showcasing the work and talent of area artists while embodying the spirit of Frank Sinatra’s quote “Orange is the happiest color.”

The evening featured many exciting silent auction items, unforgettable entertainment from Wade Tower, beautiful tablescapes designed by local artists and the OSU Art Advocates, plus live painting by student artists and featured artist Christie Owen.

The event included remarks from former OSU President Burns Hargis and First Cowgirl Ann Hargis and Vicky Berry, OSU Museum of Art director and chief curator. Malinda and Dick Fischer served as honorary event chairs and were celebrated for their tremendous support of the arts in Stillwater.

“The energy in the room with artists, patrons and performers was exhilarating,” said Berry. “I’m always amazed at the ambition and talent our volunteers bring to this fundraising event, which allows us to bring great museum programming to our on-and-off-campus communities.”

The evening raised more than $121,000 to support the teaching mission of the OSU Museum of Art by providing funding for guest curators, visiting arts and the Public School Visual Literacy Project. 

“The impact that Masterpiece Moments and the Art Advocates have on the museum and the community is far-reaching,” said Cat de Araujo, OSU Museum of Art curator of education. “It allows the museum to fund artists, host family-friendly events and purchase art materials and the technology used in tours. But the real and immeasurable impact happens when the museum and art educators across Stillwater are enabled to touch the lives of children who may find in the arts a source of inspiration, acceptance and belonging.”

For information on how you can give to the OSU Museum of Art, contact Deb Engle at dengle@okstate.edu or 405-385-5600.

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