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Focus on Native American Art: Julie Thornton-Brison

Focus on Native American Art: Julie Thornton-Brison

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation will showcase more than 100 pieces of Native American art once the facility is completed.

Pandemic sends OSU’s ‘War of the Worlds’ back to the radio

Pandemic sends OSU’s ‘War of the Worlds’ back to the radio

We interrupt this story with breaking news of an alien invasion in Grovers Mill, New Jersey. An unknown number of people are dead, and reports of deadly gas drifting through neighborhoods have created mass panic with residents fleeing from their homes.

Director of Bands leaving a decades-long legacy of learning

Director of Bands leaving a decades-long legacy of learning

After 40 years of collegiate teaching and conducting, Joseph Missal will wrap up that career in May with his retirement from OSU. And to cap it off, he’s being inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Hall of Fame. The formal, in-person ceremony will be rescheduled from its original November date due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Concert to highlight 2020 First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Professor Award winner

Concert to highlight 2020 First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Professor Award winner

Oklahoma State University vocal professor Steve Sanders will perform Sunday afternoon at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, while also being recognized with the 2020 First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Professor Award.

OSU Opera presents The Wonderful World of Sondheim

OSU Opera presents The Wonderful World of Sondheim

The Oklahoma State University Opera will present The Wonderful World of Sondheim, featuring musical selections by Stephen Sondheim, on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall in Stillwater. The cast is comprised of students from the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music and the Department of Theatre. Admission is free. The performance will also be live-streamed and can be viewed by going to ostate.tv.

Design, Housing and Merchandising student to study in London

Design, Housing and Merchandising student to study in London

Calli Cooper, an Oklahoma State University design, housing and merchandising junior is set to study at Regent’s University London with a prestigious scholarship from the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA).

NEH Awards OSU Library nearly $70,000

NEH Awards OSU Library nearly $70,000

The Oklahoma State University Library was recently awarded $69,820 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant was part of $40.3 million in new CARES Act economic stabilization grants to support essential operations at more than 300 cultural institutions across the country.

Internet Sensation “Melodica Men” to Perform Socially Distanced Concert at The McKnight Center

Internet Sensation “Melodica Men” to Perform Socially Distanced Concert at The McKnight Center

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts will re-open with its first concert of the 2020-2021 season with a performance by the Melodica Men on September 20.

OSU Museum of Art features an interdisciplinary experience in arts and science

OSU Museum of Art features an interdisciplinary experience in arts and science

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art presents The State We’re In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere, running through May 29, 2021. This exhibition is an interdisciplinary art experience delving into the humanities’ relationship with water and how its impact is felt regionally and globally. The OSU Museum of Art partnered with socially engaged and national artistic team Marguerite Perret, Robin Lasser and Bruce Scherting for the exhibition rooted in scientific arts-based research.

Music major to microbrewery owner

Music major to microbrewery owner

Craig Wensell graduated from Oklahoma State in 1998 with a music performance degree before embarking on a journey that included a master’s in music performance, teaching at both the high school and collegiate level, and a tour with the Army in Afghanistan. Upon returning from Afghanistan, Wensell decided to go into home-brewing and has since started two successful businesses.

Alumnus can tell you how to get to Sesame Street

Alumnus can tell you how to get to Sesame Street

OSU theatre alumnus Tyler Bunch has worked as a puppeteer, voice-over artist, director, producer, actor and writer. He has worked for the Jim Henson Company, Disney, Sesame Street, Pokemon and more.

OSU Museum of Art receives $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

OSU Museum of Art receives $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security). The OSU Museum of Art is one of 855 institutions receiving a total of $44.5 million.

McKnight Center Extends ‘Orange Plate Special’

McKnight Center Extends ‘Orange Plate Special’

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts is extending its “Orange Plate Special” artist series, exclusive livestream interviews with artists from its upcoming 2020-2021 season. The interviews will take place at noon every Wednesday in July.

Art history alum shares experiences of staying in Italy amid COVID-19 outbreak

Art history alum shares experiences of staying in Italy amid COVID-19 outbreak

In November 2018, OSU art history graduate and Stanford Ph.D. candidate Lora Webb moved to Rome to study Byzantine art and manuscripts for two years. But when COVID-19 began to rapidly spread through the country in February and March of this year, Webb had to make a decision: stay put or come back to the U.S. She ultimately decided to remain in Italy.

Music education grad sings for virtual Spring Commencement

Music education grad sings for virtual Spring Commencement

If the school year was ending like any other, Dustin Boatright would be performing the songs live at graduation for his fellow College of Arts and Sciences classmates and other attendees. But due to COVID-19, the ceremony has been moved online. The Edmond, Oklahoma, native said the situation is disappointing but unavoidable and ultimately “not the end of the world.”

Cherished Possessions community art project sweeps through Stillwater

Cherished Possessions community art project sweeps through Stillwater

Ever discover something near and dear to your heart? Most likely, yes — we all have Cherished Possessions. And a new community project at the Oklahoma State Museum of Art is offering you the opportunity to share and experience these heartfelt items.

Combining dance and science

Combining dance and science

At Oklahoma State University, Alannah Templon has been on a part of the OSU Dance Company and also the OSU Tap Company. She has even served as president of the OSU Dance Company for the last two years. She has double majors in biology and sociology with a minor in dance.

OSU hosts poetry reading with Doel Reed Scholar

OSU hosts poetry reading with Doel Reed Scholar

Tyler Mills will give a poetry reading from her collection Hawk Parable at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Bennett Memorial Chapel.

OSU Symphony to perform at national conference

OSU Symphony to perform at national conference

The Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra is one of two groups chosen to perform at the 2020 College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Visiting Artist Ania Jaworska to Speak on Dissolving the Boundaries Between Architecture, Design and Art

Visiting Artist Ania Jaworska to Speak on Dissolving the Boundaries Between Architecture, Design and Art

Architect Ania Jaworska will speak as part of the exhibition In the Mind of a Collector at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art.

Babu among 27 CAS honorees at University Awards Convocation

Babu among 27 CAS honorees at University Awards Convocation

Dr. Kaladi Babu, a Regents Professor in the Department of Physics, received the Eminent Faculty Award during the University Awards Convocation on Dec. 11 in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

Music. Magic. McKnight.

Music. Magic. McKnight.

More than music filled the air at the Opening Gala at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts. The sold-out black-tie concert drew 1,000- plus people who were entranced by the New York Philharmonic, one of the world’s most iconic ensembles, and Oklahoma-born Broadway star Kelli O’Hara. But before a single note could carry the audience away, guests arrived to the pageantry of walking the orange carpet on their way into the Marilynn and Carl Thoma Grand Atrium. The welcome reception was broadcast live, sharing the spotlight shining so brightly on Stillwater with the world.

Composing a Legacy

Composing a Legacy

The names of 22 families and organizations glow subtly from wooden tiles inlaid in the wall of the Patron Lounge on the second floor of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts.

Growing in Harmony

Growing in Harmony

With the opening of The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, and a new home for the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music, music performance and education at Oklahoma State University will reach a level few universities can match.